Hot answers tagged

33 votes
Accepted

Should this be a high-voting site?

The system doesn't work if people don't vote. Voting is literally The Thing that allows Stack Exchange to work. Good answers are brought to the top, singled out in some cases. Seeing that the next ...
user avatar
  • 230
21 votes
Accepted

Why was my post downvoted?

When science isn't science Science and speculation aren't a good mix. When the two meet in one post, it's incredibly easy to speculate that something might be a good scientific theory. However, this ...
20 votes
Accepted

Why is this disliked?

The primary problem that I have with that question is that I find it unreadable. You wander off talking about crime and then start talking about a young man getting paid to go places and be good ...
user avatar
  • 25k
14 votes

Where are the downvotes?

Why aren't people downvoting more? Here are some possible explanations: Many questions are subjective, and have no "wrong" answer. This is not the case on most other Stack Exchange sites. For ...
user avatar
  • 97.3k
13 votes

Should this be a high-voting site?

Yes vote lots. Voting is important on all SE Sites. Basically Vote often, vote early, vote up and down. Especially in the beta it helps to sink the crud and raise the cream.
user avatar
13 votes
Accepted

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 ...
user avatar
  • 28.6k
11 votes

Is this a case of vote fraud?

It might (or might not) be less-than-honest voting, but that wouldn't qualify as vote fraud even if it all came from the same voter. When Stack Exchange talks about vote fraud they mean targeting ...
user avatar
11 votes
Accepted

How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

To make thing worse, each user has a single close/reopen vote. Once it is cast, it's gone. This rules out the possibility of reopening because no longer too broad and then closing because primarily ...
user avatar
  • 236k
10 votes

Why is this disliked?

This hit too close to our actual world and seemed to be some sort of sly remark on some current celebrity rather than an actual World-building question. While I don't love the implications, and I ...
user avatar
  • 31.4k
10 votes

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 ...
user avatar
  • 272k
10 votes
Accepted

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....
user avatar
  • 6,023
10 votes
Accepted

Why do I have so few votes?

Looking at your profile shows that you have voted 34 times today as of writing this. You can see this in the lower right hand corner on the desktop version. The thing about votes is that you don't ...
user avatar
  • 17.6k
10 votes

Do we have a troll in our midst?

This sort of phenomenon has been referred to as drive-by downvoting, and people have been annoyed by it for years and years.1 It happens across the network, and over time, people have tried to put up ...
user avatar
  • 97.3k
9 votes
Accepted

"Serial voting reversed" - meaning and response?

Serial voting is explained briefly in the Help Center. It can happen with upvotes or downvotes cast in rapid succession on posts from the same user. Sometimes this happens for benign reasons -- ...
user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

Why is it allowed for users to down-vote a question that is already closed?

Question is still there, so it can be voted on. Downvotes and close votes are tangential to each other. Close votes are about "Should this question really be here? Is it answerable?" and votes are ...
user avatar
  • 32.7k
9 votes

Questions with multiple answers but still flagged as off topic, too broad, or down voted

Downvotes and flags/close-votes operate on different axis A downvote indicates that a question is not helpful, doesn't show research effort or that you simply don't like the question. Yes, that is a ...
user avatar
  • 17.6k
9 votes

Good answers to bad questions, a voting issue

If the question is off-topic or otherwise unsuitable then it should be closed Sometimes we get bad on-topic questions to which good answers can be given, but we shouldn't* encourage off-topic ...
user avatar
  • 114k
9 votes
Accepted

How can I cancel an up-vote or down-vote?

To retract an upvote or a downvote, just click within 5 minutes from the previous vote the same vote button. This will retract the vote. Past the 5 minutes the vote is locked and can be changed only ...
user avatar
  • 236k
9 votes

How fast can I vote to avoid the system thinkig that I'm a bot?

Votes shall be given to the post, not to the user behind it. Targeted voting is forbidden and punished. That is to say, if you give 40 votes to the same user, that will rise more than an eyebrow. Also ...
user avatar
  • 236k
8 votes

Ethics of voting for low-rep users?

No. Because it doesn't help them. Praising crap will only get you more crap. If you want to help them, post a helpful comment. An anonymous upvote is as not helpful to your cause as an anonymous ...
user avatar
  • 48k
8 votes
Accepted

Closing hurdle for well received questions

The question wasn't closed because it was unclear what was being asked. The question was closed because it was too opinion based. Personally I think that is an excellent question to discuss with ...
user avatar
  • 19.5k
7 votes
Accepted

Voting irregularities?

Likely only a moderator would be able to offer an exact answer to this, but given that the relevant information would be covered by the confidentiality clauses in the moderator agreement a moderator ...
user avatar
  • 28.6k
6 votes

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-...
user avatar
5 votes

Where are the downvotes?

I am one of the worst offenders (serial upvoter, stingy downvoter), so I speak from experience. I certainly don't mean this post as guidance for other (down)voters, merely as an exploratory analysis ...
user avatar
5 votes

Should this be a high-voting site?

We have a nice feature here on SE now: the list of hot questions in the right column. The more answers and more upvotes on answers, the higher the chance the question will get there. And the more ...
user avatar
  • 2,909
5 votes

"Serial voting reversed" - meaning and response?

Whoa, those are a lot of questions... But Is my understanding of what "serial voting reversed" means correct? Essentially yes. It is one user who up/down voted suspiciously. Typically going ...
user avatar
5 votes

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 ...
user avatar
  • 18.7k
5 votes

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 ...
user avatar
  • 19.9k
5 votes
Accepted

An immediate upvote on my question?

That vote was me. By a strange coincidence, I saw the title of the question and immediately upvoted. I know, it's a stupid thing to do in general, because one should always read the whole post before ...
user avatar
  • 97.3k
5 votes
Accepted

Vote counting on questions/answers

I found a similar question on Meta StackExchange asking What exactly happens with the button “Leave Open” (previously “Do Not Close”)? The accepted answer to that question states the following (...
user avatar
  • 17.6k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible