When I look around the site, I sometimes see downvotes on the right answer. Occasionally, there are two answers that say pretty much the same thing, but one is voted up and the other is voted down. What's going on here?
First off, there really isn't such a thing as "the right answer" since we welcome answers from all viewpoints. So the answer you think is right, might not be the answer that I think is right. Many of us care as much or more about the process of hermeneutics as we do about any particular conclusion about what a text means.
Second, we've asked what a vote means on the site and the truth is nobody can tell anyone how to vote. So those answers might have just run into some bad luck.
However, there are a few things we've noticed that are more likely to prompt people to downvote answers than to upvote them:
To be completely clear, the above are not site rules or standards. The fact is, we don't all agree that these things are worthy of a downvote—in some cases, such answers might even get upvotes! Rather I'm making observations about what people say in the comments of answers with a downvote or two.