Should I up-vote to a useful question/answer that has received enough up-vote?

My argument is this: Almost all posts were posted around the birth of the MSE, has received more up-vote. but a new good post does not receive more that 5 or 6 up-vote usually.

E.g. Should I up-vote for this post? of course it is useful, both answer and question.

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    $\begingroup$ How much upvote is enough for a good question? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ It is common that users up-vote at most 5 or 6 to a rather good question. $\endgroup$
    – C.F.G
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 17:32
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    $\begingroup$ Whether I upvote something has nothing to do with how many votes it already has, or when the post first appeared. There are lots of good posts in here, sometimes one misses them the first time 'round. Even in areas I follow closely, sometimes I only find some gems years after they were posted. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ Self-reference: this meta post has already received more than usual (5 or 6) votes. So should I upvote it? $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 2:44
  • $\begingroup$ Is it extremely good and useful, or good or rather good or ... ? $\endgroup$
    – C.F.G
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 5:18

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When you see good quality content, vote it up. If and when you run into your votes limit for a month straight, you can start thinking about dividing your voting attention to new or old content.

One advice, when you do reach that point, which was given here on meta in the past (I do not recall who gave it though) was to read a post and assign is a mental score, and if it is below that score, vote it up. Sort of saying "Oh, this answer should have at least 20 votes", and then vote it up if it only has 16. Of course, don't downvote good content just because the score "is too high for your taste".

  • $\begingroup$ I upvoted when I saw “don’t downvote just because the score is too high for you”. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2020 at 0:36
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't upvote this because it already has score ≥ 20. $\endgroup$
    – user21820
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 3:04
  • $\begingroup$ @user21820: And you think that 20 points is enough for an answer like this? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 9:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yup. In my opinion, having 23 upvotes and 0 downvotes (as of now) indicates clearly that there is negligible dissent on Meta to this proposal, so it is unlikely to swing the other way in the future. That's how I perceive it anyway. =) $\endgroup$
    – user21820
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ @user21820: And you don't think that it should have a nice round score, like 50, or 100? :-D $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 9:22
  • $\begingroup$ Hah. I guess you think so. =D $\endgroup$
    – user21820
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 9:33

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