# How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes? [closed]

Now I don't mean to be jealous or anything, but this question seems like it should be a comment. You can find the question here: Why is a rectangle a parallelogram, but a parallelogram is not a rectangle?

As you can see this answer is a question itself, and it vaguely explains the relationship between parallelograms and rectangles unlike most of the other answers. Even so, it has 24 up votes, that is the second most voted answer on my question. There are a wonderful amount of other questions which are by far better quality than this. I even tried flagging it, and selecting the option stating that it should be a comment instead. What should I do about this, and why would this even happen?

## closed as primarily opinion-based by Will Jagy, user147263, user61527, Thomas, HakimJul 2 '14 at 17:59

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• It points out an analogous logical situation in a much more real-world case; I really don't see why you characterize it as rude. Voting is strange - this question made it onto the hot network list, and so has anomalous voting. But still, trying to justify every voting pattern in existence is impossible. I think it's a fine (albeit brief) answer in its current state, and wouldn't flag it. – user61527 Jun 30 '14 at 17:38
• @T.Bonger I characterized it as rude when it was at its previous version. It ended with a "What kind of question is this?", so I thought it was rude. – user3758041 Jun 30 '14 at 17:42
• I see, I didn't notice the revision history. Regardless, asking questions about voting on specific answers is usually not worthwhile. In this case, it most definitely is an answer to the question, so it probably shouldn't be flagged (although you could flag as "not an answer," and try your luck there). – user61527 Jun 30 '14 at 17:47
• Maybe one other thing to point out is that in many cases the main goals of solutions are to teach the user, not just provide a fully worked solution. Teaching with rhetorical questions is of course a centuries-old technique. This isn't to say that every question is well-answered rhetorically, but when the question is a good fit, there's no reason not to do it! – rschwieb Jun 30 '14 at 19:24
• There's even a one-letter answer on MSE which (understandably) scored very high: sometimes less is enough, and brings a point home just right. – gnometorule Jun 30 '14 at 19:34
• what is the link, I want to upvote this answer? – emcor Jun 30 '14 at 20:19
• How is this possibly getting so many down votes? – user3758041 Jun 30 '14 at 20:37
• Downvotes on meta simply mean disagreement; I'd expect some people disagree with the premise of the question. – user61527 Jun 30 '14 at 21:03
• @emcor If you read the original question, there's a link already there.... – user61527 Jun 30 '14 at 21:06
• @T.Bongers Oh, thanks for notifying me. – user3758041 Jun 30 '14 at 21:12
• @T.Bongers ah thx ;) math.stackexchange.com/a/851469/154094 – emcor Jun 30 '14 at 21:15
• @gnometorule What's this one-letter answer? I want to see for myself. – Joe Z. Jul 7 '14 at 1:28
• @JoeZ.: It's an answer by Did, saying only 'w' which describes the shape of a function satisfying what was asked. I don't have the link handy though, sorry, but this should allow you to track it down if you want to. – gnometorule Jul 7 '14 at 1:30
• How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes? - Is this a rhetorical question ? :-$)$ – Lucian Jan 9 '15 at 16:23
• It is voted up because most people looking at it (a) see the answer to the question about cats and (b) see that your original question can be answered the same way. They therefore feel that it is a good answer, though it was evidently not good for you, unfortunately. – PJTraill Dec 19 '18 at 21:32

The internet is dominated by cats. Anything with cats pictures or involving cats gets lots of votes or likes. Sorry gotta go, my feline master demands my attention.

• I had to paws for a moment before upvoting this answer. – user61527 Jun 30 '14 at 23:06
• This answer at MathOverflow currently has 100 votes. – Joel Reyes Noche Jul 1 '14 at 1:03

To answer a question with another question $($yet again$)$: how come that all those countless tricky integrals I've solved brought me no more than a few votes each, while a trivial answer to a simple question earned me a silver badge, by gaining over $50$ votes?