I am very disappointed to see that a recent question by a complete newcomer was given -5 votes.
See Who created the most chess problems? for a particularly nasty recent example of Stack Exchange's worst habit.
I think that anyone who added a negative vote on this beyond the first one was effectively violating our Code of Conduct by not being nice to a new contributor. This is not inherently a bad place, but toxic behaviour such as drive-by downvoting is neither curbed nor punished.
Here's a thought: let's prevent downvotes on someone's first post when it's already at -1.
I know that for many people life is difficult at the moment, and for some their only joy appears to be found in downvoting posts in Stack Exchange.
Please can moderators address this, thanks.
EDIT: and here’s another today: “what happens when a world Champion doesn’t defend his title?” Driveby downvote with no explanation is no way to welcome someone who is completely new here.