I got my first downvote on my first question today.

The Question was:

Hadith about possessing too many blankets (or bedsheets?)

Recollecting from very long ago.

I remember hearing in a Jumua some Hadith about having too many possessions. It went something like "In a house there should be at most three blankets (or was it bedsheets?). One for the man of the house and one for the lady and one for the guest. The fourth is for the devil". My recollection could be only partially correct.

Can you help me identify the source of the Hadith?

I was being sincere when I asked this. This Hadith came up when I was discussing with a friend about materialism in Islam and he asked for a source but I could not find it. Today I got a downvote on the question and a comment "Ridiculously stupid question. Should be closed.".

Clearly riled me off enough to do more research and find the actual Hadith, but I wonder why the negative view(s?) of the question.

  • Are source identification questions from incomplete memory discouraged here?
  • Was the question framing bad?
  • Or was it just that the Hadith itself looked silly?

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Welcome to the site! I think the question is fine, and upvoted it.

There's some general advice here: If you get a downvote, it is not the end of the world. But, in this particular case, I wouldn't worry about it (what else could you do?). We cannot control how people vote, and what's a decent question to one person is worthy of a downvote to another.

The comment on your question is rude---I flagged it for moderator attention. You can do the same.

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I know it's discouraging to get a downvote---I'm hoping that the community's attitude will change over time into one where we strive for positive feedback on high-quality posts, rather then negative feedback and rude comments. (It looks like this is going to take some patience and prayer.)

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    Thank you. I have a complaint that SE sites (not just IslamSE) are very newcomer-unfriendly. When someone puts up a first question that is immediately downvoted and removed, SE probably loses a user for ever. Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 10:00
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    It's a widespread problem (prompting the 3rd most upvoted question on meta.SE). People can be blunt and snarky, in an effort to save time (they're human volunteers, after all). It doesn't matter so much if we chase off the riff-raff in an effort to optimize for pearls, but losing people who could otherwise learn the ropes and contribute is problematic. It wouldn't hurt to be a bit nicer. Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 10:51
  • @RazimanTV The hadith you heard is about beds, not bedsheets. and it's true. In islam, the rest of unused bed (except the guest's one) are occupied by shaitan.
    – Somar
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 20:52

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