I had some really nice comments, that were, to my opinion, more than great. They inspired new insight (or questions I posted).

I thought about, doing more than just upvoting their comments (and getting them closer to a Pundit badge), by upvoting a random question/answer.

Would this be ok, or can I do something else?

EDIT: By the way, I'd like to say "Thank you" to all people, contributing to this ever-so-cool web page.

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    $\begingroup$ I would say that upvotes (or downvotes) of a question/answer should be based on the content of that question/answer, not on any particular good (or ill) will that you may feel for the questioner/answerer. $\endgroup$ Feb 15, 2012 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ArturoMagidin So saying "Thanks" as another comment plus upvoting their comment is all I do. Thanks (and no random upvote for you. And because it's you, I can't resist to say, that you would hardly notice $+0.01\%$ (no offense) ). $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Feb 15, 2012 at 21:30
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    $\begingroup$ You "can" do whatever you want (up to a limit); if you start upvoting a bunch of answers for someone, there's a chance the software will flag it as suspicious and take it away. But I had already commented on the kind of behaviour you are suggesting (though perhaps more extreme than you were envisioning). $\endgroup$ Feb 15, 2012 at 21:34
  • $\begingroup$ @ArturoMagidin Yes, I can, but I'm happy that I asked to know what I should. $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Feb 15, 2012 at 21:40
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    $\begingroup$ Not much point in upvoting people's other questions and answers, because reputation is useless anyway. I thought we established that with your previous question. :) $\endgroup$
    – user856
    Feb 15, 2012 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ @RahulNarain Did I? I'm still hunting for the gifts (and the time travel worm hole of course :). $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Feb 15, 2012 at 23:41
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    $\begingroup$ If you can work out the person's postal address, you can always send some flowers or chocolates or a bottle of 12 year old Scotch. $\endgroup$ Feb 16, 2012 at 3:50
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    $\begingroup$ @Gerry: now you are just trying to get Asaf involved in this conversation, huh? :-) $\endgroup$ Feb 16, 2012 at 8:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Willie: You owe me a full bottle of Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix. Where is it? $$\stackrel{\stackrel{\small\diagdown\ \diagup}{\bullet\quad\bullet}}{\huge\frown}$$ $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Feb 16, 2012 at 21:52

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You can always leave a comment below saying "That's a great comment which has improved my life. Everyone should vote it up!" If you don't overuse this, I bet that will got the commenter a good dozen upvotes, which will be a pretty nice thank you.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 Yes, this feels right. Vote up, folks! $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Feb 16, 2012 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ A good idea, but I doubt it would actually generate too many upvotes. It's also not much of a thank-you. $\endgroup$ Jul 9, 2016 at 14:34

You can ask commenter to provide his comment as answer (may be hint as answer) and then bring him bounty(this also shows you are generous).


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