Earlier this year, I asked how to keep myself and my family safe by escaping from a high-risk COVID country. The post was received very negatively and was eventually deleted. The moderators declined my flags against those who posted negative comments. Eventually, the question was deleted, and I was banned from posting questions.

This question asks how to get a COVID vaccine. It is, essentially, the same question, yet that question was received positively.

What's the difference? Does it matter that one question was asked by a moderator?

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    Hello and welcome to the site. Could you reference which post was deleted? This question with a very similar tone was well accepted by the community.
    – JonathanReez Mod
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 1:21
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    The question you've linked currently has both upvotes and downvotes and many comments including some which (to me) seem to suggest it's pointless asking the question at this stage.
    – Midavalo
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 4:04
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    @JonathanReez No, because it was deleted. Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 14:07

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Why was one question accepted, while another, similar question received very negatively?

This has been observed from time to time, and the main answer is:

  1. People can vote whichever way they want. There is no accountability whatsoever when downvoting for no reason.
  2. There is a mob mentality: people tend to be influenced by the early vote.
  3. Questions about traveling during covid have received mixed results. Some people complain that some of these questions are immoral (~ "shouldn't be traveling during covid"), despite the fact that this is travel website.

For example, Am I allowed to go to the airport to catch a flight if I am supposed to self-quarantine in California, United States? has a score of -6 whereas the same question about another state has a score of +7.

TL;DR: Don't expect any consistency on this website.

  • And recently with the mask question, same thing, plus comment deletion showing a severe moderator bias for masks. Even now, in late 2023!
    – user27701
    Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 19:58

One can only speculated about the reason for upvotes, but one of them might be question being off-topic.

Questions about emigration are off-topic, since we have Expatriates for them. Question about travelling for vaccination are about medical tourism, which is a port of travel (thought its on-topicness might be disputed).

Another reason might be usage of s-word. What is safe is opinion-based, and question with that swear word in the title are usually quite bad one, so the folks are prejudiced before even reading the content.

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