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Voting behavior: upvote vs upvote & downvote. How do you feel about it?

For starters, let's call a spade a spade here. Downvoting an answer because you liked another answer better is not only mean-spirited, it's contrary to this website's whole point. It's not about your ...
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Upvoting while avoiding irregularities

I'm pretty sure that what you have in mind is just fine. What the system does look out for, though, is a large number of votes given to the same user. Such voting can be reversed, either ...
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Should we encourage voteup upon answering?

Bumping this one! There are questions that get lots of answers but few upvotes: like this sweet one. When I found it there were 7 answers and 0 votes. Is there a plausible way to build a pipette ...
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Should we encourage voteup upon answering?

At the moment, in a small private beta with relatively low voting rates, your question makes sense. Even popular questions get few votes, so whether or not the answerer votes up makes a big difference....
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

I was thinking about downvoting when I saw there was a meta post, so I figured I'd post where it was more useful. The issue I had with it is, once I peeled away the context, the question was and with ...
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Why Was This Question So Well-Received?

Well, I think the answer here is that it's just the vagaries of Stack Exchange. It all depends on who's interested in what and who's reading your questions and what mood they're in. Frankly, even ...
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How to boost upvotes on questions

While we should get people to upvote the good questions, your logic is somewhat flawed. A question could be badly written, yet be answered in a very admirable way. So it is possible to have a low-...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

I rarely downvote questions Or at least I think I rarely do. (People who can look at site statistics, and know how to do it, might possibly know better, but deep inside I believe that I rarely ...
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How to boost upvotes on questions

Ask better questions Have you considered simply asking better questions? I went and looked through your questions, and even your two highest voted ones are low quality to me - to me, your questions ...
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How to boost upvotes on questions

So, first of all, don't ask questions just for the rep. That's a bad idea, and it'll hurt the site. I see way too many posts that are blatant attempts to make it to the HNQ list, and more often than ...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

Personally I'd say anybody is free to downvote stuff he doesn't like - this can mean badly written, badly researched and topics you really don't want to have on the site; Suspension of Disbelief is ...
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Upvote mechanics

The votes still count against badge mechanics like Nice Answer or Good Question. You just won't be able to get anymore reputation. There are some mechanisms that circumvent this rule You mentioned ...
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What to do if you accidentally downvote something you did not want to downvote?

By clicking on the downvote arrow again, you can undo your vote. This is the same with upvotes as well. Keep in mind that after 5 minutes this will not work without an edit, so just randomly edit (...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

Premise of your question includes things that make no sense. The code on the GPUs is the principal problem as all that is concurrently used as an actual graphic card will influence anyone sitting ...
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Does our site ask people who haven't upvoted a question in a while to upvote questions?

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 ...
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Voting behavior: upvote vs upvote & downvote. How do you feel about it?

Problem: the comment in question seems to have been deleted or removed, so I have no context to go on. Assuming that all is as stated, it's very simple: that particular user is being a monosyllabic ...
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Voting behavior: upvote vs upvote & downvote. How do you feel about it?

I doubt there is a regular SE participant (possibly no SE participant at all) who has not been subject to the vagaries of SE's voting system. For example: I have been subjected to one respondent who ...
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Does our site ask people who haven't upvoted a question in a while to upvote questions?

I've gotten "upvote a question" prompt on WB. I'm not sure why we would be different than other Stacks.
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Should We Change Upvoting Functionality for Comments?

To answer the why: once upon a time, you couldn't retract your upvote at all. This ability was added later mainly to help with mis-clicks rather than as part of the full-fledged voting system posts ...
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Voting behavior: upvote vs upvote & downvote. How do you feel about it?

Describing the behavior as a weapon misses the service aspect to future readers. Pulling a particularly good answer up to the top can be a service, I don’t generally use the “downvote others” on ...
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Why Was This Question So Well-Received?

It's possible that, being more related to computers than most, it gained more attention in the HNQ list. Since a good chunk SE users are here for tech things (Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, ...

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