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A CLOSE VOTE IS NOT A SUPER-DOWNVOTE. Sorry for shouting. But this is a really important point which far too many people apparently fail to grasp. Downvotes are used at the discretion of the individual voter, and mean "this is a bad question". They can reflect the voter's opinion of the quality of the question, rather than any objective criteria. You can ...


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Number-Sequence Puzzles: What (Not) To Do? The first piece of advice in the top answer is to search OEIS for the sequence, because if the puzzle is easy to solve by a quick OEIS search, then it's likely to be an uninteresting puzzle and people will probably downvote it. As Gareth notes in his answer, voting is very much a "luck of the draw" thing - some ...


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It seems your introduction to the world of Puzzling.SE has not been as smooth as you'd hoped, with 4 of your first 5 questions in negative scores and one of them closed to boot. Here is some advice that I hope might help you - and any other newcomers who find themselves in a similar situation: DON'T PANIC! Dwelling on the prospect of an upcoming question ban ...


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This question comes up a lot. Like, a lot. On main meta, on other SE sites all around the network, and—yes—even right here on Puzzling Meta. I mean, really a lot. And it's always rejected, and for good reasons. The semi-canonical reason why there is not such a rule can be found in the expansive answer to Why isn't providing feedback mandatory ...


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I downvote some riddles, and upvote others. I guess it's somewhat subjective, but some riddles seem to have a lot of effort put into them: they employ wordplay or alternate meanings of a word, they scan well, the answer is not something extremely obscure, the answer is obvious once you hear it and clearly fits all clues in the riddle, etc. Some riddles ...


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Ideally, down-voters should leave a comment to explain (or up-vote a comment of another who explained already), but the world is not always ideal. Don't be too discouraged by DVs. Yes, they should make you think what you can potentially do better, but they should not cause you anger or frustration. Some votes are justified, others aren't. (True in both up ...


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I agree with xnor's answer, except for one thing (that is probably implicit in what he said anyway). I don't like most riddles, but I don't go and downvote riddles, because other people enjoy them. Similarly, I hope riddle fans don't systematically downvote every math puzzle. I downvote a puzzle when I believe that most people (in the target audience) would ...


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If you hover the mouse over the downvote question button, a tooltip will show up: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful This is what the downvote button means, otherwise the tooltip would not be there, right? People may downvote at will using the criteria that they think is better. However this is a tool that ...


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For me, votes are personal ratings of content I think of upvotes and downvotes on challenge questions as akin to Youtube's "I like this / I don't like" buttons on videos. Or, the ratings Netflix asks you to put after you watch a movie (but without the five-star scale). I understand this is a bit unusual for SE, but it comes from the fact that challenge ...


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Welcome to the site! When speaking of old posts, accepting an answer might draw some attention to your post from the +2 link in your profile, and the +15 link in the answerer's profile. However, as your posts are fairly new, I don't think the links had anything to do with the seemingly additional interaction on your posts. Here are a few things you might ...


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Usually, downvotes don't come because of accepting an answer. It might be a coincidence, that more people saw your riddle and thought it was a poor one after the answer was posted/accepted than before. Sometimes, a question does get heavily downvoted after an answer is accepted, because people feel that the accepted answer makes no sense, and therefore the ...


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Your answer went +1/-3 for a total of -2. I’m not sure that getting one upvote is anything resembling a trend I would call “doing okay at first”. And collecting (literally) 3 downvotes total is not “severely downvoted” - a -11 answer with 4 upvotes and 15 downvotes is what severely downvoted looks like on this site. Having said that, those few downvotes ...


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I think there's a large element of luck in exactly what votes a question gets. But the main problem with that question is that if you take the list of numbers given and plug it into the search facility on OEIS, you get the answer. Most likely the person who asked the question didn't know about OEIS, so it's not really their fault. But a question that you ...


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I'm not sure it would work but what if we had a chat room that was just a "think list". People just post links to puzzles that they think people should take a look at for whatever reason. Just links with no comments. I'd like to help improve the quality of the posts by encouraging the good and guiding the not-so-good. There are times when I can't spend much ...


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I don't have VTC privilege on this site yet, but, if I did, I would be inclined to leave It is related to a type of mathematics game closed because it is a mathematics problem and not a mathematics puzzle.  A question shouldn't be reopened just because the original close reason has been resolved; it should be reopened only if it is worthy to be open. Maybe ...


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