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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

SE generally allows people to use their votes as they see fit, even if a lot of them are downvotes. However, targeted voting (in either direction) is a violation of the rules, because votes are ...
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Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?

So, first of all: YES to all of that. Voting is an important part of the Stack Exchange ecosystem. It's a hat-tip to people for making the site better, for creating content, for asking questions and ...
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Why is my answer getting me reputation even though it's not getting more upvotes?

Your answer has 4 upvotes. And 1 downvote. Each upvote gains you 10 points. Each downvote loses you 2 points. If you get one of each since the last time you checked, the system will tell you you ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

I've seen this before on other SE sites. So when I started being active here I assumed it was just common here as well. As you observed, there seems to be no logical reasoning behind it. Sure if a ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

Thanks for bringing this up. I've seen another odd pattern where I'll be on SE and I see several downvotes for different posts of mine come in a fairly short time. Like 3 in 5 minutes. Some of the ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

I've reviewed the voting patterns on Writing lately and I have seen some patterns: (The site analytics page is available to 5k users on beta sites.) Notice that nearly all the voting on the site is ...
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Serial voting was reversed

The script is a mindless, soulless script. It cannot know intentions; it only notices and acts on patterns. It can't tell the difference between your husband in good faith going through a bunch of ...
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Do we have such system?

Yes, there is such a system: There's more detail on meta stack exchange, but here's the gist: Every night around 03:00 UTC, a voting fraud detection script is run that looks for patterns such as ...
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Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?

A little extra data: Jefromi, a mod from Cooking.SE, kindly whipped up some relevant data queries: This query shows average scores for questions and answers. We're solidly in the middle of the back --...
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Why the down-votes?

I admit, I sort of want to earn the down-voter badge, but if I think a question is problematical, I'm likely to flag or ignore it.
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