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Do downvotes affect the health of a small community?

Downvotes control people. Beyond that, it's really your decision whether "control" is a good or bad thing. Many decisions in the architecture and UX design of any service come in the distinction of ...
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As a moderator, how can I resolve a tie in voting between contradictory answers to a policy discussion?

The community has clearly shown that they are are either not concerned about the issue or are equally happy with the proposals. The fact that there are no down-votes on the proposals is indicative ...
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How can I encourage voting?

For SE, the best bet is to talk about the problem on Meta. While people understand that voting exists, they often do not understand the importance of voting or what it is meant to indicate. Having a ...
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Do downvotes affect the health of a small community?

Small communities are small. Therefore everybody knows everyone. People can grow closer due to this behaviour because the probability to interact with the same user more than once or twice is higher. ...
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How can I mitigate some of the more harmful effects of anonymous downvoting on the community?

This is just an elaboration of some points outlined in a rather messy way in comments: Do the (local) moderators agree with the assessment of the situation? If anything can be done about the harmful ...
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How can I mitigate some of the more harmful effects of anonymous downvoting on the community?

People take their reputation seriously - which is why they are upset when they lose points through down-voting. That shouldn't be diminished. However. it has been found on multiple Stack Exchange ...
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As a moderator, how can I resolve a tie in voting between contradictory answers to a policy discussion?

It seems the community itself does not see a problem with this type of questions. The issue was brought up by a small group of users, and there was not much community response to it. So I would ...
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Overcoming targeted viewing?

I have actually posted the idea as a proposal on main SE meta a while back (back when it was SO meta :), so it is only really applicable if asked from the point of view of people who control the ...
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Electing one person versus electing several: are the considerations for choosing a voting scheme different?

While I think there are a lot of advantages to STV, it's not for everyone. In particular: It requires a more complicated ballot to allow voters to rank preferences. Votes can't be quickly counted by ...
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Electing one person versus electing several: are the considerations for choosing a voting scheme different?

Actually, this problem is exactly the reason first-past-the-post voting systems get so much flak. Anyone who votes for the winning candidate gives up the chance to provide any input on who should be ...
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Should I do anything to protect, or even privilege, minority opinions on my site?

I think you need a type of equality system that modifies the voting score. For example, as a person A consistently up votes person B, their up votes for person B should diminish in value. So if ...
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How effective are popularity contests as a way to recruit and build community membership?

Dangers of Prizes (Extrinsic Motivation): I think your proposal is really dangerous. There are a lot of studies and research that show that you have to be really careful about these rewards, or you'...
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Is it a good idea to let a user view who's visited their profile page? Why or why not?

I think that a good way to handle this would be to let them see how many people visited their profile, but then have a setting where people can choose if they want their profile to appear on a list of ...
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Overcoming targeted viewing?

One thing you can do is to forcefully limit per-user downvotes (yes, this isn't quite "social" solution either, sorry). SE limits total daily votes anyway. In the same vein, you can simply limit the ...
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How should new members of an organizations' leadership pledge to uphold its core purpose and values?

It's important to point out that what you are asking your new leadership to do is pledge to act in accordance with your organizational values. You are not creating a contract with them. Therefore ...
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How effective are popularity contests as a way to recruit and build community membership?

A community with a primary activity of running popularity contests that involves recruiting and engaging members in a coalition per contestant is extremely obvious today - political parties. I've ...
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How can I mitigate some of the more harmful effects of anonymous downvoting on the community?

There is a basic economic answer to this question. If you can see that some people are making so many down votes, then "just" make downvotes more expensive to cast. I'm not sure if it is easy to ...
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Should I do anything to protect, or even privilege, minority opinions on my site?

To protect the minority, you may try: Show and sort negatively scored posts as having 0 points (if you are using the up-down scoring). This mitigates the feeling of shame and rejection. Because ...
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