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There's nothing we can do about people's voting patterns. Nothing about the site requires anyone to explain their voting patterns. I try to leave a comment when I see someone has put in at least some effort or is having a hard time using the site, or is maybe not a native English speaker and needs some editing to make the question better. However there ...


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Yeah, we do care about our posts. We do not take it lightly when we receive a downvote. We try to make the post better. In the best case we have an explanation in a comment to help us what could be done. In the second best case we see for ourselves what we did wrong. In both cases we will not hesitate to improve our post with an edit, well knowing that ever ...


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Votes on meta are a completely different thing than votes on main. Since they carry no penalty (for either caster or receiver) they are often given more freely. Most importantly, voting on Meta is very often just a way to express agreement or disagreement. So, if you make a proposal I dislike, I will downvote it to demonstrate that I don't agree and wouldn'...


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This is a great post, but I'd like to add a point: Please, add a comment telling why you downvoted a question, specially if the asker is low-rep, newbie. I feel that there is nothing more discouraging for a new user that seeing his question (it's usually a question not an answer) downvoted to oblivion with no explanation. We don't need a comment for each ...


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It's there to help stop people gaming the system (eg posting an answer and then downvoting everybody else to make their post the top of the pile). Voting against questions is free (there's no chance of personal gain). A vote down is a lot stronger than voting up. It sends a message to the poster (they lose rep too) and if something gets enough negative ...


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Yeah some things look right (so attract votes for effort) but are technically incorrect. It happens to anybody who answers enough on the site. There are things you can do that are genuinely useful: Leave a comment. Explain what is wrong and why. Be technical. This lets the poster and other potential voters know. They can fix it, or even explain why they ...


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No, no need for that. But... Up vote great content and correct information that helps directly solve issues on the site. Was there effort? Get that guy some rep! Was it sloppy, confusing and all in all a not so good post? Well, its up to you. Bad content, wrong information, you don't agree with the posted information or the information is dangerous? Down ...


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This is one of the things I hate most on SE, people who think downvoting is mean and we should not do it voting to cancel out downvotes, it wastes my vote, your vote, gives to OP rep for a bad post. Just like silly downvotes exist, silly upvotes exist. The first one probably more often than the latter. I never ever heard of someone, voting to eliminate a ...


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No, there is no time limit on voting. As long as a post continues to exist, it's useful for its score to be displayed to show people what other members of the community thought of it. It remains useful to be able to vote up or down on the post, just as it remains useful to be able to edit or comment on the post. The system allows votes to be cast on old ...


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Here's my take on the four. Remember that both presentation and content of a question matter; as Nick commented, most of us have a life outside of AU and cannot spend a lot of time trying to pin down the essence of a very poorly phrased or unnecessarily long question. Ubuntu and Windows 7 on 1 Tb hard Notice the title, which is why the question probably ...


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If the user who upvoted your post got removed from the system, his votes are deleted as well. What does "user was removed" mean and why did my reputation change because of it?


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I agree with your concern — we should engage with people more before closing things — but I think put in the position to close this question, I might followed suit and might have pulled the trigger without explanation. While it may sound snobby, my only excuse is I expect a certain level of English and technical understanding here. If you can't explain even ...


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My two cents; Don't browse users, browse questions. If you're genuinely enthusiast about a user's post, upvote it. Comments shouldn't be used for that, but if from time you time you like a post so much that you feel like letting the user know that you liked it, you won't be pilloried for that. You shouldn't be serial upvoting a user. Really, don't serial ...


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I agree with this post. Though from my inspection, number of bad questions has increased on the site as number of daily visits has. But It's also true that many good questions as well as answers are left un-upvoted. Voting is at the heart of a successful SE site. I think it's a warning sign if that decreases. We should try to vote whenever it is possible. ...


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No, nothing bad will happen if you upvote a question. If the question is well-written and you feel it deserves an upvote, then don't hesitate to click the upvote button - there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. What makes a well-written question? Well, feel free to use your own criteria, but here are a couple of suggested questions you might ask ...


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Meta isn't rep gaining. Never has been never should be. The point of voting tends to be to show agreement or disagreement with a given thread or answer. There are many "make a collective decision" threads which exist and then general agreement or disagreement can be met through voting or such. That's the purpose really for votes on meta. For feature ...


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I think it's good that the system does this, and I don't think it should be more difficult for questions to be deleted automatically. I think that what happened in Franck Dernoncourt's case is terrible and I really hope that it gets sorted out quickly. But I think that case is exceptional, and should not be considered a flaw in the system, but rather a case ...


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That happens if one of the post you voted on is deleted. So, technically you did vote 41 votes. But only 40 of the posts exist in the site at the moment. From How does someone get to cast more than 40 votes in a day? Votes on deleted posts do not count towards your daily total. xxxxxx did indeed vote 42 times in one day: two of the target posts ...


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I do object however strongly to a structural exchange of favours. Probably just inside the limits of what the system allows and detects. A big issue here is that the system for detecting this has a couple of really basic flaws, which cause it to miss votes on a regular basis and which make it a bit too obvious what those limits are. I've written a query ...


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I usually vote up a question if it meets any of these conditions: I can answer it with the information given and I don't see any reason why it should be closed Someone else has answered it well or I know someone else will be able to answer it and I don't see any reason why it should be closed It seems to be a useful/interesting question and includes enough ...


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Here's a fairly good treatment of the question (and related voting) from the Big Meta (meta.stackoverflow) : When Should I Vote? . It covers the bases pretty well. That being said, I think as long as you vote in good conscience, things will work themselves out in the system. (It's Stackexchange Karmic balancing!) You can vote flexibly and playfully, ...


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I'm against this for the reasons outlined here by Robert Cartaino (An SE employee) when this came up a while ago on Meta Stack Overflow. The daily vote limit used to be 30 votes per day; we’ve increased that to a maximum of 40 votes per day (provided some of those votes go to questions). Already, it is so exceedingly rare for users to even hit ...


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This is covered by this MetaStackoverflow Q&A ... plagarising unashamedly.... This is totally by design... If 1 in 3 of your votes are on questions, you will get 40 votes. If you vote on less questions than that you will get less (lowest is 30) ... and Jeff Atwood has a great blog - its well worth a read. So how do we encourage people ...


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Even a bad question can attract a lot of search engine traffic. That's honestly not pointed at your question but we do have a lot of poor questions that attract a surprisingly large amount of traffic, usually because they're full of the right keywords. While this does show up what people are having problems with it's not a reflection of what people with ...


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It is acceptable only if the OP has done his/her best to formulate a concise, clear and well researched question. On the other hand, if the question is unclear, lacks details, contains spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, and wrong tags as well, then it is not acceptable to ask for an upvote. In such cases, the OP must be advised to revise the ...


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To answer both questions with one blithe statement: I don't think we do. Now, that might not be the most useful answer to your question, but I'm speaking as one of the people tasked with attempting to apply this stuff, and largely speaking, keeping the wheels turning. Trying to define solid rules on quorum and then how opinion-de-jour gets applied to the ...


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The Stack Exchange system is very good at recognizing people who (for whatever reason) decide to trawl through someones Question or Answer list and either upvote or downvote repeatedly. This is regarded as abusive behaviour and the system reverses this. Thus look at the previous day reputation - you'll notice a number of your answers were downvoted over a ...


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Indeed it's a problem, we were doing so-so it seems before 11.10 was released but we've had a huge influx of new users and it's taken us a while to get things back to "normal". http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/10/vote-early-vote-often/ It can be difficult to understand why people vote the way they do. There are some awesome questions that get little ...


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I also vote for things I see being down-voted when I don't agree on the votes. Similarly, I'm fairly sure that isn't what you're supposed to do but when people drive-by down-vote and there's nothing wrong, what other option are you really left with? Ideally everybody would leave a comment when they down-voted... But that's clearly not what happens. There is ...


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Voting, both up and down, is a completely "anonymous" function of the site. In that you can do it either way to your hearts content and vote whichever way you chose. It's your votes. We are not here to make everyone conform, if someone wants to upvote what appears to be spam then fine. If someone wants to downvote what appears to be an excellent question ...


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