On other sites, especially those I haven't visited in a while (weeks to months), I'll get a screen-wide drop-down that says something along the lines of, "you haven't upvoted any questions in a while, remember OPs need love too!"

I've not seen that here, but maybe I'm active enough that I never see it. I was prompted to ask this question by a comment left by @willk, encouraging upvotes to the question. Which I thought was a good idea.

I'd create a community promotion ad, but those require too much effort to get the necessary traction.

Do we have an automated "hey! Upvote a question why doncha!" as I've seen on other sites?


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The "Welcome back!" banner is only shown under specific circumstances, as outlined here:

The message [...] only appears if

  • you haven't been seen on the target site for 24 hours, and
  • you hold a valid user cookie on the target site, and
  • your account has more than 15 rep on the target site, and
  • you arrive on a question from a search engine, and
  • you have not already voted on this particular question and answers

For this message, you're probably not getting it either because you don't ever get to this site via a search engine or you're here every day.

There's also another message:

[I]f you haven’t voted on at least one question in the last 15 votes you cast — you’ll now get the “you haven’t voted on questions in a while; questions need votes too!” reminder every time you vote until you do.

This comes from the Vote For This Question or The Kitten Gets It blog post, which tells us that the best way to get people to vote for questions is blackmail that threatens one or more kittens.

  • $\begingroup$ Wow, thanks! I don't meet the condition of bullet #4 99.99% of the time. $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2019 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ I think you're talking about the banner that appears at the top of a page that says "welcome back" and talks about voting. I thought the question was about the pop-up you sometimes get when voting on an answer that says "you haven't voted on questions in a while". @JBH, could you clarify which message you're asking about? $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2019 at 2:26
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio, There are two? (*sigh*) The "welcome back" banner is what I've seen on other sites. Ultimately, this is a question about how to better promote upvoting questions.... (There are two messages.... Ok....) $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2019 at 4:15
  • $\begingroup$ @JBH ok thanks. There is also a pop-up that you occasionally get if you've voted on a lot of answers and no questions for a while. It's something along the lines of "questions need love too; please remember to vote on them"; it doesn't actually say "love" but I haven't seen it in a while and don't remember exactly. I thought that was the one you were asking about. $\endgroup$ Jan 10, 2019 at 4:17

I've gotten "upvote a question" prompt on WB. I'm not sure why we would be different than other Stacks.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I've never seen it here and so I wondered. I also couldn't imagine it would be different than other stacks. I could wish to see it more often, though. $\endgroup$ Jan 8, 2019 at 23:40
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    $\begingroup$ This is not one of the things that's customized per-site. We have the same behavior as everybody else. $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2019 at 3:05

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