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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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Looking at that one specifically, it is very obvious you didn't like Bob's answer, despite it being accurate (he wrote Yes, along with info as to why it wasn't used), and wrote a bit of an attack on him in your post without providing anything useful in an answer. You basically said "Yes, but I don't like the way Bob wrote it" Oh, and then you also ...


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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 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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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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Well, answer posts are supposed to actually answer the question. As you say yourself, it couldn't be clearer what the question is: it's "Have light gases like hydrogen or helium been explored for ion propulsion?" I think that your first answer post is inappropriate because it does not answer that question, and I think that's why that post was ...


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