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Why do people "Vote Down" correct answers in the Q&A Section?

  1. rLcasaLme profile image65
    rLcasaLmeposted 5 years ago

    I've seen answers and mostly were really the best possible answer to that particular question. The answer actually makes others redundant or of lesser value.

    So, why do these answers get a vote down?

    1. lobobrandon profile image92
      lobobrandonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I guess its from the other hubbers who thing their answers are right. Not sure though.

    2. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, definitely.  I've seen my own answers voted down.  I assume it's either by angry political types or some religious person I "offended" by being an atheist.  And no, these weren't religious or political questions, more like "When did you first get paid" (which in my case was in 2003 for Adsense and only after almost 18 months from HPADS here).  You could understand not voting it up, but voting it down?  Has to be just general nastiness.

      OOps, no it wasn't that one but something like it..

      I'm quite sure they do the same thing to hubs, though we can't see it there.

      1. Druid Dude profile image61
        Druid Dudeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I don't take an interest in Q&A voting. The only incorrect answers are the ones that aren't offered.

      2. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
        FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I have seen nearly  all my answers to questions I actually posted myself voted down at least once. Bizarre. The only time I vote down an answer is when the answer  is obviously derogatory to the person who posted the question or towards one of the other people answering.  you can identify them by the person telling someone that they are paranoid, stupid, etc.
        I don't vote things down because I disagree with them. I just ignore it. If this were a case like WebAnswers where the person answering the questions got money based upon how they were rated I would bother voting things up or down. But since it is not, I only vote things down that are derogatory.

        1. relache profile image88
          relacheposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Actually that's not bizarre because you aren't supposed to be answering your own questions.  If you knew the answer to your own question, and wanted to have a discussion, you should be posting in the forums.

          1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
            FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            okay. That clears up something that was confusing me. Now I understand.

            As to when I have answeedr my own questions:
            When I answered my own questions it was simply to respond to another person's answer that already existed.  Like when Writeronline  suggested he was stupid or shallow  to worry about his score reaching 100 , I told him not to call himself stupid or shallow. Or when Pollyannalana told me I thought that someone was after me I responded to her answer.

            But since I am not supposed to respond to my own questions, it stands to reason that it doesn't matter what I say in my answer as it would then get voted down. I could give a wonderful response and it would still be voted down.

            Thanks.  I'll keep that in mind. If I need to respond to someone's answer I will try to find a different way.

            1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
              FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I should add of course that under the circumstances there was no way I would contact said person who was abusive. Pointless.

            2. Marisa Wright profile image99
              Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              This is a good example of how the Questions/Answers section just causes confusion.  It was originally meant as a place to ask questions because you wanted someone to write a Hub in reply. It was meant as a place you could go for ideas to write about. Now it's just a second forum.

              1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
                FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                So far no one has written a hub in reply to any of my questions, just answers - even if the responses were long enough to create their own hubs, or just needed maybe 100 words more.  Thinking about this as someone who only joined seven months ago-likely *long* after this change happened - I think the staff should change the way you can respond to questions. It should be made so that no one can respond in any way except as a hub.

              2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
                Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                And now I see when people attach a hub to the answer they get down votes because people don't understand how it works.

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    Yes, like the one where someone voted down all the correct answers about how HP Ads pay. Or the one where someone asked for peoples opinion on Tilapia fish and everyone who said they liked it received a down vote.

    It is very silly and petty, sometimes it seems to be based on the person who gave the answer by someone who has a bug about this person smile

    1. rLcasaLme profile image65
      rLcasaLmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my! He must have hated the person to vote it down. I can actually see this voting down to a particular person. Do you find the same?

    2. rLcasaLme profile image65
      rLcasaLmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I also want to apologize Susan if at one time I was somehow sounded offensive. Sorry about that. sad

    3. Cardisa profile image94
      Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      @UW, I saw that too and I have been wondering the same thing with my answers too. I have noticed at times that nearly all the answers to a question might be voted down except for one or two. It doesn't make sense.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago

    Don't worry about it, I didn't take offence.

    1. rLcasaLme profile image65
      rLcasaLmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Glad to hear that. smile

  4. WryLilt profile image93
    WryLiltposted 5 years ago

    I don't mind what people do to answers because answering questions doesn't make me money or make me lose money. big_smile

    1. shimmering Dawn profile image73
      shimmering Dawnposted 5 years ago

      They do what they can... because they have the power to do so lol
      The answer section is always a silly place!

    2. sweetzara profile image80
      sweetzaraposted 5 years ago

      Maybe they vote it down because even though the answer is correct, it is not one that they agree with.

    3. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
      PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago

      If I vote, it is for the answer that I "like" best.

    4. relache profile image88
      relacheposted 5 years ago

      The answer section vote buttons should be labelled "agree" and "disagree" as that would more accurately reflect the action people take when they vote on replies.

      1. rLcasaLme profile image65
        rLcasaLmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        i agree to that.
        I just can't understand why would a correct answer be voted down. An answer they like can be voted up, and an inappropriate or wrong answer can be voted down. But a correct answer? voting it down? I just don't get it. yikes

      2. brittanytodd profile image92
        brittanytoddposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        That's a good suggestion, relache.  I have had many answers voted down when they were completely accurate or opinionated (like who are my favorite poets).  I think it is so silly that people abuse those buttons and if they read differently, maybe the red arrow would make more sense to others.

      3. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Amen.

    5. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years ago

      I dunno, but when I see a stupid question asked, and then every dissenting answer voted down....I pretty much know that the poster asked did it, and I then choose to "unfollow" them if applicable, and ignore them from then on.

      Case in point - the fellow who make the absurd and totally fail embracing question /claim that "why do people waste time protesting, it doesn't do any good."

      All aboard the fail boat!
      http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6067658_f248.jpg

      1. WryLilt profile image93
        WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yep, we shouldn't have tried to protest SOPA/PIPA. big_smile

        1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
          Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Exactly.

          I should have used that example there...but it would have gotten down voted as well.

          1. WryLilt profile image93
            WryLiltposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            big_smile

    6. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago

      I've seen this happen with my answers to questions, especially when they involve, like Susan says, a preference for something. I remember the first time I noticed this, I was answering a question about favourite horror actors. I chose actors from the studio system era and mentioned that I seemed to be the first person to mention classic actors. People likely define classic actor quite differently and some people probably have never seen Boris Karloff and Vincent Price so...got voted down.

    7. psycheskinner profile image85
      psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

      I vote down stuff I don't like.  [shrug]

    8. Millionaire Tips profile image93
      Millionaire Tipsposted 5 years ago

      The purpose of the voting in the answers section is to identify whether the answer is actually attempts to answer the question.  But many times people vote it down if they do not agree with the answer.  Maybe they feel that if they vote others down, then theirs will rise to the top as the best answer, even though a best answer is not required here.

      1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
        FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        You mean the responses where someone trail off into unrelated subjects? Yes, I've seen those kind of responses too.

    9. Cardisa profile image94
      Cardisaposted 5 years ago

      I personally believe that not only do people vote down answers, spitefully or by being just petty, they vote down other people's hubs too, even when those hub are useful, well written hubs. That's my honest opinion and that's not fair that people have that sort of power to do such things to other people.

      The voting down of the answers don't bother me much as I've noticed that majority of my answers in the last month have been voted down, but I am upset that people get the chance to vindictively vote down your hub too.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I honestly don't know why they still have those silly voting buttons.  HP confirmed long ago that voting up or down has very little effect on your HubScore and it certainly doesn't affect anything else. So they're pretty much just there for show.

        1. Cardisa profile image94
          Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I think a hub or article should stand on it's own merit especially since they say our hubs belong to our domain. If I had my own website then why would I have vote buttons on my articles? It doesn't make sense since the domain switch.

    10. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago

      If a person is consistently voting down hubs of a particular person, that person's URL can be traced back to the person through HP and that person can receive a backlash via the staff. It will show up on hubber score banning  etc. In my own interests to avoid certain people, I stopped using  the hub hopper so that I would never have to read the person even by accident. You can also block the person from showing up on your home page.

      1. Cardisa profile image94
        Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I didn't know that. Thanks.

        I just believed that people are doing petty things here. Like the voting down of the answers, that so childish.

        1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
          FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          You're welcome. That said, I am sure there are plenty of petty people who have nothing better to do with their time. Those of us who do have other things to do, just bypass said people and get on with the day.

          1. Cardisa profile image94
            Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Yeah, I think those voting down the answers think that having their answer on top does something for their hubberscore or maybe gets them accolades.

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
        Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        We are talking about the answers not hubs.

        1. Cardisa profile image94
          Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I did mention the hubs as my own opinion that's all but Flora mentioned that HP would have done something about it. No more about the hubs now.

        2. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
          FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          yes, I was just responding to Cardisa. My mistake for posting it as if it were a separate answer to the original thread, rather than as a response to her comment. My fault.

    11. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
      FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years ago

      oh, Marisa: I just thought of something else - Is our participation in the Q&A forums as a responder (I don't think that is an actual word) indeed part of our overall user score as a lot of people think? maybe that is where the change began?

      1. Pcunix profile image91
        Pcunixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Good point..

        I dislike the whole Answer section for so many reasons.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Well, they're not "Q&A forums" - just goes to show the impression they create, when you use the word forum for them, even though you know better! 

        If you're active on the site, that improves your score - but there isn't a quota for forums, a quota for Q&A, a quota for comments etc.  It's just activity generally.  I ignore the Q&A most of the time but it doesn't seem to hurt my score smile

        1. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
          FloraBreenRobisonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          oops! I used that word automatically without thinking.

      3. Becky Katz profile image83
        Becky Katzposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Flora, when I answer a question, it will take my hubscore up a few points. I believe that means that yes, it affects your hubscore.

     
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