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IMHO it's about right on questions. I'd like to see more downvoting on answers without references or other forms of backup.


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I think that one was unfairly downvoted, and at a guess I'd say it is because we have quite a few users who don't understand physics beyond the basics. Look at the spread of highly upvoted and downvoted answers - simple, common ones get more upvotes. Overall, though, I don't think we are too harsh. It would be nice to see more upvotes, but in the main most ...


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Remember: absent users will never get better. When we're out of beta, we can start being more picky. Currently though, instead of downvoting a bad question, it's much better to edit it and make it a good question - unless it's really beyond salvation, say, lacking fundamental understanding of physics. And even "stupid questions" can get good answers. ...


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I didn't understand the importance of downvoting so thanks for explaining that. I don't have a deep understanding of the mechanics of the site. I've been a bit afraid of being flagged as a "serial downvoter" or being seen as "picking on" people if I downvoted much. I totally agree that to grow the site we need to attract more people and we don't want to ...


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I think the introduction of the idea of being welcoming was long overdue and the delay allowed righteous and punitive patterns of behavior to crystalize in some people and in some areas of SE, but I welcome it wholeheartedly. The more times and the more ways we remind people of the importance of being welcoming, and that we should pause a moment before ...


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