My question was immediately downvoted and/or closed. I do not know what I did or why this happened. How can I get my question opened and the downvote removed?


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What might the downvote be for?

Common reasons include:

  • No effort in your question (I will always help someone that shows they care, but simply asking with no effort will only disable you and you will not learn unless you try first)
  • Unclear what you're asking (when asking think as if you're demoing to someone with no design experience because we are not mind readers)
  • Seeking a tutorial (we are not a tutorial site)
  • A simple Google search could answer your question
  • No one understands what your goal is
  • You are lacking an example (pictures can speak a thousand words plus we are designers, we like examples)
  • Realize in some cases you asking other users to put forth a great deal of effort to answer something. You should be willing to put as much effort into your question as you are asking of others to answer it.

What was the question closed for?

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  • Not in scope with the stack site
  • Is an isolated issue that could only be answered if someone is on your computer or has your specific file to examine
  • Cannot be answered
  • Answers are one's opinion and not based on facts
  • Is a software issue that should really be asked on a software forum

See What does it mean if a question is "closed" or "on hold"? for more detail.

How can I improve my question?

If I downvoted your question for any of the above it is because I do not think your question is of quality. If you make a proper edit with details, examples and a list of what you've tried I will be more prone to remove my downvote and cast an upvote. Our voting system is an aid to help guide people on what is quality and what is not. The stack site model is unique and unlike many other sites. For more information, see How to ask a good question.

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Link for why your question was downvoted to be used in a comment:

[Why your question was downvoted.](http://meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/2632/why-was-my-question-downvoted-and-or-closed)

Link for why your question was downvoted and voted to be closed for a comment:

[Why your question was downvoted and voted for closure.](http://meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/2632/why-was-my-question-downvoted-and-or-closed)
  • I was gunna do that... but then thought it may be better in the snippets :)
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 19:47
  • that is right, forgot about those, if you haven't updated that document I'll find time later tonight to do it
    – user9447
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 19:48
  • Oh I did Matt.. The snippets were updated this morning by me.
    – Scott
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 19:48
  • Cool. I haven't had much time to browse the site, its going to be a very busy month
    – user9447
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 19:49
  • Why your question was downvoted.
    – user9447
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 20:21

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