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Why do QA community members ignore down-voting feature

So I went straight to the source: the StackExchange Data Explorer and ran the following two queries on a random-ish sample of sites (off the top of my head ... truly random seemed like a lot of work......
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What is the solution to avoid downvotes again & again on asked question?

Questions are generally only deleted by moderators (diamonds or high-rep users) when they actively cause harm to the site itself. Examples are spam, racism and other discriminatory behavior), ...
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How do we clean up low quality questions?

I don't know of any concerted effort of quality control. I do know our "answered" ratio is currently at 86%, which is lower than it usually is. The number one cause of a low answered ratio is poor ...
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What are our standards about Selenium questions?

Here's an answer based on my usual hangout, cooking.SE: Create a canonical question Cooking.se has a lot of people stop by and ask "Is this meal still good, it's been sitting on the counter for ...
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Site scope - are questions asking about how to test and/or alter your specific design to be better testable on-topic?

Thanks for thinking of us! I would say this falls under the scope of the site as far as it pertains to the implementation. The site actually had Selenium merged into it, so ALL things Selenium are ...
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Has deleted user been involved in voting fraud?

I'm one who lost 400 points. I see this as simply part of the way things work. When a user is deleted, votes they cast are removed. It's not common in this community that large numbers of votes are ...
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Should new tag "ui-automation" be created?

I agree to divide between a Microsoft and a general tag. But only creating a "UI-automation" tag would be too less in my opinion. The "Microsoft tag" should be renamed too to make clear that it's not ...
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What are our standards about Selenium questions?

Here's an idea based on Puzzling.SE's ongoing issues: Downvote more Super basic questions that show little to no research effort should be downvoted. It's right there in the tooltip: "This ...
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Seeking feedback: Should Code Reviews be allowed here?

I have a couple uncollected thoughts on it. I'd certainly welcome others to jump in with their own: While Code Review Stack Exchange exists, it is an experiment by the Network. (As are Puzzling and ...
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People making trivial edits for points/badges flood the front page of SQA with old answered posts

If the edits improve the question, even when they're small, I accept them. If they make no difference to how effective or readable the question is, I reject them. I also reject tag wiki edits that ...
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People making trivial edits for points/badges flood the front page of SQA with old answered posts

Yes, I've been doing this on a daily basis recently. I have some reasoning behind my activity: I am relatively new to SQA - I knew about the site, but I was not active and stumbled upon it from time ...
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Where can I check who has downvoted to my question/answer?

This is not possible. However, if the downvoting behaviour appears systematic then stackexchange will automatically pick up and correct the fault. For example, if someone downvotes all your ...
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How do I know which answer to choose?

I would go for the question: which one helped you the most? In these types of questions there is often not a good and a bad. Your context differs from mine, what I find important is likely different ...
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Why do QA community members ignore down-voting feature

Beside plain statistics and comparison with SO (or other places), you need to consider human factor in this calculations. This community by itself is more closed and do not attract all people here by ...
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Why do QA community members ignore down-voting feature

I think it could actually be something as simple as the age of the site , S.Q.A is newer than S.O and so people don't have a lot of reputation points to use on downvotes. A downvote is a no-brainer ...
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Should moderators report on their own or take any actions when they see abnormal up-voating targeted towards them

Since community moderators don't see who cast which votes, it's actually not that simple. Certainly, if I got a swag of targeted upvotes, I'd have no objection to the upvotes being cancelled by the ...
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How can I get help with testing conundrums and mocking/unit-testing newbie ignorance

Of all the SE sites, this is definitely the best. Your hesitation is warranted, and shows an understanding of how to ask SE questions I wish was shared by all users! Bravo! You may rest assured such ...
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What coding error questions should be offtopic and which shouldn't be?

Marking this off-topic is consistent with other SQA questions. "It's about something I do when I write automated tests" is a poor litmus test because there is a big overlap between developing ...
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What coding error questions should be offtopic and which shouldn't be?

Personally (not as a moderator) I lean towards leniency since it's pretty clear that we have people asking coding questions who have very little programming knowledge. As a moderator, it can be ...
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Can't answers be funny?

No. I hate fun. Ask my kids. Honestly, funny answers are allowed, as long as they are actually answers. That answer was not an earnest attempt to truly answer the question. It was flagged, and how can ...
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What information must I provide in a Selenium selector question?

State what you are trying to accomplish. Show your error message. It is not enough to say, "It doesn't work." Sometimes the error message contains valuable information that will help someone ...
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What should I do if I see the case when someone is answering his/her own question just to gain reputation points

Great question. I'm glad you asked. It smells like something that's bad. But what should we do? Nothing. The system is working as intended. Asking a question and posting an immediate answer is one of ...
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Do we have hold elections for moderators here?

As a beta site, three moderators were nominated Pro Tem by SE staff. When we graduate, real elections will be held. Graduation criteria can be found here. The long and short is we need to average 10 ...
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Closing questions procedure

Here's the skinny. Every time a question is closed without a comment, it's automatically flagged for moderator attention. I'd venture to say over half of the flags we get are a result of what you ...
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Unit-testing questions on-topic?

Some aspects of unit testing may be more appropriate here than others. For example, questions about unit-testing frameworks like JUnit or TestNG belong here. On the other hand, questions about "how ...
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How can we reduce the number of "cannot find element" questions

Just thoughts, too long for comments. You are right, this is absolutely a pressing issue for SQA - and, we only get a part of it - there is a substantially larger number of "cannot find element" like ...
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Why do my questions get downvoted?

I do definitely see the 3 in a row recently which is abnormal. Individual votes cannot be traced back to a user, even by moderators. The dev team probably could, but for a small case like this they ...
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Why not to let the community decide if the answer is correct?

There are thousands of open questions here and they are bumped to the top sometimes. However the big part of them are abandoned so they will never be resolved unless the community vote for their ...
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