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Although it could be a legitimate question, opening with "Automation, automation, automation," and the reference to calling back for coffee, makes it read more like a rant than a question. In addition, the question shows no sign of research - it doesn't even say what jurisdiction it's about - and the original version before it was edited was one long run-on, ...


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You've been on StackExchange a long time now and have had a lot of feedback about your questions and answers on many SE sites, so you really should know by now why they're not very good questions. For the first question: a downvote can mean "this question doesn't show any research effort" and as the answer says, most of it can be easily found in Wikipedia. ...


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For posterity, on the question "How can luggage be lost if it has a bag tag?," Bianfable wrote: To the downvoter: Please explain why you voted, especially to a new user! You responded: I'm as upset as you about anonymous downvotes. You know how I handle them? Cancel by upvoting! Just did it myself. Federico ♦ responded to you: that's not a proper ...


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I downvoted because it seems to be a question based on the rather dull trope that airline pilots are just computer operators. As the other Dan says, there was no real research, the actual question is quite unclear and doesn't show any real attempt at research.


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Well, serial downvoting for revenge is clearly a violation of terms of service. That's a situation for mods to handle. A factual error is a definite reason for a downvote. That's what makes good answers float to the top and poor answers sink to the bottom. If there's disagreement between you and the op, that's why each person only gets one vote. If others ...


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There are two parts to any post, and the voting reflects both of them: The substance of the post or the root problem being addressed. How much this gets upvoted or downvoted depends primarily on the usefulness of the question. The tone of the question and the preparation shown. Even a great question like "Why do jet engines get better fuel efficiency at ...


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I don't think serial downvoting is an actual problem here. I've seen it on SO, but here and on SE in general, perhaps 2-3 "maybe"-grade examples in total. Bad questions/answers get downvoted because they're bad, not because someone else did so, and most of them get deleted within the day. Serial upvoting is much more common. I can recall at least 30 ...


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I'm clearly for your option A. Downvoting without explanation is rude in my eyes and only justified if the answer is of obviously poor quality. Most answers are the best effort of the person and it is a question of respect and politeness to point out why you see a downvote as a justified response. Indeed, I avoid down voting and prefer to point out the ...


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I feel like a downvote is a little harsh for a first response. We all make mistakes, I'll try to leave a comment if something in the answer seems wrong. Especially for new users, it might be a bit off-putting to have their first answers downvoted right away. Even if I also leave a comment, a downvote may make someone read a comment more harshly than intended....


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