Of course that’s negative. Even worse, downvotes in and of themselves are useless. They provide no actionable feedback, no way for the asker to “improve” their question.
Especially if the asker *is* new, a downvote is a slap in the face. It’s lazy, and again, useless other than as a way for you to assert your superiority.
You brag about that, and then say you’ve become more helpful and less snarky.
I don’t see any evidence you’ve done anything of the sort.