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Not that I lose sleep over stuff like this, but I have always been baffled when I notice I have a random -2 due to a down vote, that I just cant understand the reasoning for. I received one this morning, and took a look

Apex cron job command to schedule an apex job to run every 4 hours daily

Randomly, this morning, I received a down vote on my answer. I just don't understand why.

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I don't down vote very often, but when I do, as a rule I always try to comment as to the reason. I have always thought that you should be required to comment if you down vote. I know this may cause issues as it might give away the identity of the down voter, but perhaps the site could make it an anonymous comment, I don't know, just brainstorming here, but at least you could have some insight as to what the reason is.

Is the answer I gave incorrect or lacking sufficient explanation? Just something that has always bugged me a bit when I get a down vote and cannot figure out why.

I have no issue with a down vote if I give an answer that is incorrect, or shows little effort, or I'm just regurgitating documentation, but its tough when you just can't figure out the reason for the down vote.

  • I see a lot of questions receiving downvotes without much of an explanation. We can't expect everyone to know from the start how stackexchange works. – Samuel De Rycke Dec 20 '13 at 7:25
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    I'd like to down vote for blatant cribbing of an already posted answer only this time complete with a pretty screnshot. Great value add </sarcasm> . No prizes for guessing which answer was NOT selected. – max Dec 21 '13 at 0:08
  • ????????????????? I guess I don't understand the aggression. I dont understand the comment either. – Chris Duncombe Dec 21 '13 at 0:14
  • Not directed at you sir or this specific question. I'm new here, still learning the ropes so perhaps the behaviour I refer to is covered in a FAQ somewhere. Just an observation in my short time here. In short, I chose to vent rather than down vote . My apologies for the aggressive tone or hijacking your answer – max Dec 21 '13 at 0:27
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    Oh... I actually get it now. I thought you were directing it at the question here or the answer I was alluding to. I see what you were doing now. Yes though, I agree with your frustration at certain answers – Chris Duncombe Dec 21 '13 at 0:39
  • Was looking back through old questions and saw this. I just earned the Gold "unsung hero" badge (zero vote accepted answers, more than 25% of total) in part because of downvotes like you describe. LOL! Hidden reward perhaps? – crmprogdev Sep 2 '14 at 16:56
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Nothing appears wrong or bad about your answer, so I think one of two things:

The optimist in me: It was accidental.

The pessimist in me: Somebody is a ********.

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    haha....well that made me laugh, so I'm good. Just glad I wasn't crazy to wonder what it was for. – Chris Duncombe Dec 19 '13 at 16:03

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