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Can I unvote/remove a downvote or upvote I gave?

You can change the vote for five minutes. After that, the vote can only be removed after the voted-upon question or answer has been edited. This is by design. If you accidentally voted, just click ...
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OK, so I just edited my on-hold question

I think most of the regulars contributing on Meta can see the revision history of your question but for completeness sake the original question I cast the fifth and final close vote on: I own a ...
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Ephemeral close reason

Anyone with the close votes privilege can make up their own close reason by selecting "Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong)". The reason is also posted as a comment, and other users can then ...
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Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

"Do not do it again" is an order (an imperative statement), not a threat. A threat would be "If you do it again, I'll come to your house with a cream pie and throw it into your face while shouting, '...
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Overzealous Moderation - Thread wrongly put on hold

One very important requirement for questions on ServerFault: You need to be administrator on the system in question, in order to be able to fully follow possible answers. That rules you out, at least ...
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One user with offensive username

Bring your sense of humor and think about what you said: This is an international community, meaning many people won't share your view of what's offensive. If you really can't do this, please contact ...
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How do I answer a protected question?

This is by design. Protected questions are not answerable by folks who haven’t earned at least 10 reputation from activity on the site where the question resides. On a related note, do you really ...
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How to deal with people that don't accept your reasoning?

You flag it or post in meta. It's not locked, to allow answers, but I put a comment warning about the edit war on it. Flag, or notify me (@HopelessN00b) if there are any more problems.
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Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

I don't see any outright insults here on the part of naktinis, at least as far as I would be insulted, but your comment was also completely unnecessary and outright wrong in the situation. To ...
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Where can I find all Wiki Answers?

You need to look at the search documentation Boolean Operators The following search operators can be used with values of yes/no, true/false, or 1/0 (each pair behaves the same): ... wiki: yes/...
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Who is removing a tag I use?

I googled up hpsa and got a screenful of "Health Professional Shortage Area." I'm pretty sure hpsa isn't that. It could be "HP Service Activator," or it could be "HP Smart Array," or it could be "...
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My question was marked as a duplicate. How can I object?

The best way to object to a question being marked as duplicate is to edit the question and explain clearly how the other question does not fit your situation. It's not sufficient to simply add a ...
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Discourage / prevent "didn't read the question" answers

Discourage bad answers by downvoting them. Don't wait until they have an upvote left by someone else, as this is a net gain for the answerer and will only encourage them further. And if the answer is ...
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I was in the midst of answering a question when my answer was deleted. Why?

As has been stated, when you post your answer it's an answer. You may have been posting bits and pieces, intending each piece to be but one part of the whole, but we have no idea of your intentions. ...
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I think my question was mistakenly closed and moved to SuperUser

While routing in itself would be topical here, and some VirtualBox questions could theoretically be topical, ServerFault doesn't really have a userbase that's knowledgeable about VirtualBox. In ...
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Are HTTP, web servers and web clients not used in a business environment?

The key is that questions must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment. This means we are only interested in actual technical problems you face while doing this. ...
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Election Voting -- Why can I DOWNVOTE a candidate?

It is a feature. Upvote is approval. No vote neutral. Downvote is disapproval. This gives an overall sense of how the Server Fault community and the wider Stack Exchange users feel about a ...
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Try to get the question reopened or should I just delete it?

Personally I don't think the question should be reopened. 1. You received your answer For all intents and purposes, the issue is now resolved. 2. The answer was readily available in product ...
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Five year old question received several answers from new users

There's nothing new in any of those three answers, and so I've cleaned them up. It appears that one individual decided to post his answer to the question, which brought it back to the front page. ...
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How to know the cause(s) of a down vote?

There is no reason to be "afraid" of a downvote as long as you usually write good, topical questions. The downvotes were not mine, but something is immediately clear: You actively try to ...
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How to behave when receiving a comment about a duplicate for a question I've asked?

The help center explains this: Some duplicate questions may eventually be deleted, but often they are left as a signpost pointing people towards the canonical answer to that question. In other ...
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But What About Otto? Can we hate that yet?

First, what's with the snark? If you hadn't noticed, the three most upvoted answers on that question (1, 2, 3) proposed that yes, we would accept questions about vagrant, provided that it is ...
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How should I vote on a question which I consider too low quality to migrate?

You should still vote to close. Other people's votes are not your responsibility. All you can do is vote correctly. Certainly, disagreeing with a close vote isn't a valid reason to flag, for example.
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I was in the midst of answering a question when my answer was deleted. Why?

I deleted the "answer" because it was not an answer, but simply a "me too" restatement of the question. You should not post answers which don't actually answer the question, as these will be flagged ...
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Legal issues upon capturing digital proof upon hosting services scam

You've had this thoroughly explained to you already, but just to reiterate: Among other things Server Fault is not for: End user technical support Mass web hosting questions Legal questions Given ...
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Are HTTP, web servers and web clients not used in a business environment?

I closed it, and for me it's borderline with another close reason, as it's could be seen as a learning recommendation. I chooses that close reason, as like Sven told it talk about managing, which ...
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Question has been deleted even it was not down voted though less visited?

From this post: Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year? If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of 0 or a score of 1 with a ...
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Does a user lose his privileges if he sets a bounty which takes him below the required reputation score for the privilege?

Yes, you will lose privileges. See https://serverfault.com/help/bounty If your new reputation brings you below the requirement for any privileges, you will lose access to those privileges.
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Please explain this reputation change?

Yes you are. You lose a reputation point for downvoting a answer, but its for a good cause. Its in the what is reputation page
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Try to get the question reopened or should I just delete it?

In addition to the points Reaces made, I would add a fourth: This question does not appear to be related to professional system administration. The way your question is currently phrased you are a ...
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