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Please don't. Voting on a post should have absolutely nothing to do with who wrote it or its current score and entirely to do with its current content. If you want to reward an answer that went above and beyond, you can offer a bounty. There is an existing bounty reason to "reward an existing answer".


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It sounds like you've been a victim of serial downvoting. There is a script that runs (I think nightly) to detect and reverse voting anomolies like this, so my guess is that you'll get your votes back tomorrow. It seems unlikely that eleven different people simultaneously developed aversions to one of your answers.


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I can answer from my own experience here. I think I've asked one question which proved to be a duplicate, and I think the reason for my mistake was that I don't know how to read Hebrew, and I'm not familiar with the technical terminology. If you only read English, and if you don't know the proper terminology, it is difficult to sort out which questions ...


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Edits that go against the author's intent are bad whether the post is an hour old or a year old, so please don't do that. Here are some things you can do instead: Provide a better answer (if you can). This also bumps the question. Bring it up in chat. While most people don't use chat, many active users do and they might have ideas about how to address ...


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You should vote on answers independent of how many votes it has and independent of the content and quality of any other answer.


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First, here is what the documentation says about downvotes: When should I vote down? Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect. What does that mean with respect to duplicate questions? Each user will evaluate this a little differently, but here ...


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Moderators cannot see who downvoted a post. Note not all downvotes need to come with explanations, though they are often nice and hopefully constructive. There are automatic systems in place to remove votes which seem fraudulent or inappropriate.


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Self-answers are fine, either from the outset or later, but we usually hold them to a higher standard, not a lower one. In particular, we should make sure the question could be answered by someone else too; the question needs to contain all the needed information and be well-formed. That's the question and I realize you're asking about the answer. I think ...


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That's an auto-prompt from the SE engine, which apparently is not smart enough to detect your comment upvote. (I guess when you vote it checks for a comment from you.) If I recall correctly, the prompt is phrased as a suggestion. In this case you already took a reasonable action, so don't worry about it. Every now and then somebody proposes (across the ...


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A question can be deleted if it has no answers. Use the "delete" link under the question. If someone who can see deleted questions thinks the question is valuable he is free to re-ask it. If that happens, you don't get to come reclaim it later -- you deleted it, signalling that you were done with it. An answer should be deleted if you realize it doesn't ...


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I think that it is a good idea, in general, to attempt to adapt one's style based on votes. You are basically correct that pretty much anybody can vote (you need 125 reputation points to vote down, which is not a lot), but in my experience most downvoters--especially here on Mi Yodeya--are quite competent and good about giving feedback when they think a post ...


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As far as general SE policy is concerned, you are entitled to downvote whatever you want for whatever reasons you choose, but targeted downvoting is not allowed. However, policy is different from the generally agreed upon etiquette of the site, and the generally agreed upon etiquette is that you should downvote answers that are incorrect, incomplete, ...


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You can find all questions sorted by votes at https://judaism.stackexchange.com/search?tab=votes&q=is%3aquestion and all answers sorted by votes at https://judaism.stackexchange.com/search?tab=votes&q=is%3aanswer Currently the top voted question is Implications of Samoa skipping a Friday and the top voted answer is at Rejecting others' friend ...


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As noted by various commenters, there is no way to see why one was (or who) downvoted. See this meta post for more details. Generally speaking, downvoters are encouraged to leave comments explaining themselves, but no one can make them do that. Often times, the downvoted party will leave a comment asking for clarification, but in situations like this (...


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While there's been some discussion about whether we should require comments for all downvotes or not (see here), I think everyone would agree that if you already upvoted a comment that explains what is wrong with the post, that you wouldn't need to leave a new comment. Doing so would just make a mess of comments, on those posts that get 10-20+ downvotes, and ...


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Certain close reasons carry an automatic downvote from the Community user, so that may be part of what you're seeing. (I'm not sure which ones in the new scheme, but, for example, "not constructive" was one in the old scheme.) You should downvote questions that are poor questions, and you should vote to close questions that aren't a good fit for the site. ...


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After a 1 & 1/2 month of experience I can answer myself: Feedbacks are very important. They are due to 2 factors, interesting or not (in a book store there are best sellers and other books, every book has his importance and contributes to make the store a good store), true or not, good finish; May be a good work with few feedback, perhaps because most ...


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