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Peer voting on questions and answers is the primary way users gain reputation, and also how many items are sorted to the top.

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Vote early, vote often

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Tex.SE. I think this is definitely something we are experiencing here on Math.SE. A link to the post here, and the text of the post: "I'm a ...
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

I vote a lot. This includes quite a few downvotes. I do not comment with my downvotes anymore, because most of the time when I do comment I am met with attacks. I have been called names, received ...
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Downvoted by another user for the wrong reasons.

I am not sure where to post this, so I put it here: I had never received any down votes on any of any of my answers, until today, and I got 7. They were all in the same time frame, and certainly by ...
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Downvoting new user's questions

Quite recently I saw a few posts of new users of this site (which were just joining MSE) which were on a very basic level and indeed contained some mistakes or even basic mathematical ...
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Removal of votes when a user is removed

I don't really understand the philosophy behind removing a user's votes when they decide to delete their account. I don't care about reputation, but I find it odd to have an answer left with 0 votes, ...
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Congrats to Ross Millikan AND Davide Giraudo [duplicate]

This just in. Ross Millikan has joined J.M. in the exclusive club of users who have cast at least 10000 votes. Congrats and thanks! As per Julien's suggestion I'm also soliciting opinions from ...
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A minor gripe about upvoting things that have been downvoted [pity upvotes]

I have noticed that sometimes, when I downvote a new question or answer that is borderline, exactly one other person will upvote it and no others. I can guess at the reasoning behind this: This ...
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Concern about lesser attention towards relatively advanced questions

There have been some concerns regarding voting on m.se and as has been pointed out there, this may have to do with increasing number of questions, e.g. some statistics here. In this post I wish to ...
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About up-votes.

Recently, meta has seen an uprising of questions related to downvotes/toxicity of the community etc. There are posts mentioning behaviour towards younger users, random downvotes etc. But I have seen ...
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Why so many non-upvoted correct answers?

Using the Unanswered tab, I was surprised to find a large number of questions that were already answered in the answer box, correctly, and thoroughly. But if the answer(s) is never upvoted, the ...
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Unfair up-voting of high reputation, not having a special answer

I have this situation: There was an easy question posted (why $19 \mid 5^{2n+1}+3^{n+2} \cdot 2^{n-1}$ for every natural $n$), and I knew the answer [which is quite obvious]. I posted my answer, and ...
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Has the upvoting really gone down?

For past few days I feel as if upvoting an answer and "answer accepting" (the green tick) has really gone down. I saw many questions with multiple answers with lot of explanation and none of the ...
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Please get rid of "vote locking"

Not for the first time, I recently revisited an answer I had upvoted, and discovered a technical error that gave me second thoughts about the upvote. I don't want to mislead new readers into believing ...
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Under what circumstances is it appropriate to delete a question that has received a good answer?

I would like to have a discussion about the following question: When is it appropriate to delete a question which has been closed as "missing context or details," but which has generated ...
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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

I recently noticed that 4 of my questions now have a -1 vote. Up to now, I've been deleting the questions as soon as they go to -1. Even though I put in a good amount of time to make the question as ...
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Why don't people vote for posts any more?

I've just done a quick bit of data collection. I looked at the first 25 most recently posted questions. Amongst them, they had a total of 242 views; that's an average of 9.7 per question. Quite ...
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Statistics on upvoting

Has there recently been statistically less upvoting than usual? I know I should answer questions for the love of it and not care about rep, but I've been sort of discouraged as of late. Out of my ...
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Why favorite but not upvote?

I've noticed in a few of my own and others' questions that the number of favorites exceeds the number of upvotes. I don't have enough rep to actually view upvotes/downvotes, so when I talk about ...
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Is voting on questions getting harsher?

Lately - just in the last few days for me, but I haven't been paying close attention - I've noticed that the scores on questions seem to be substantially lower. Digging in more deeply, questions like ...
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Reputation points for less elementary questions and answers are low

I've read yesterday in the meta section (by I don't remember exactly where) few comments about some recommendations to encourage less elementary questions and proofs by upvoting them. I have to ...
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Feature request: always display upvotes and downvotes separately

One annoying problem I've experienced in the past is the following: I downvote something that I think is bad but that is not obviously bad (e.g. it is not spam). Exactly one other user upvotes in ...
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Why restrict my ability to change my vote once I have editing priveleges?

Yesterday I intended to upvote an answer, but accidentally downvoted. I did not notice this and did not change it within the five-minute window for changing votes. Later that day I noticed a drop on 1 ...
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How do some seemingly easy questions get hundreds of upvotes?

I was going through the 'frequent' section in "All Questions" on MSE, and I was surprised that some questions like [How to prove that $\lim\limits_{x\to0}\frac{\sin x}x=1$? ] has around $300$ upvotes ...
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Is there a danger of up-voting someone too much?

Every now and then, I recognise someone I know on this site who I didn't notice earlier. Unbeknownst to them, I go through their questions/answers (expecting they will be of above-average interest to ...
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Is this targeted voting?

Sometimes I read a particular user's answers (why else does the profile page exist?). I remember awhile ago, I went through one user's posts and saw a lot of low quality answers. I was independently ...
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upvotes for question but not for answer

There seems to be a mysterious phenomenon where a question gets upvoted a lot, which presumably implies that people find it interesting, so one might imagine that they would also find the answer ...
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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?

Consider these answers (vectors, inequality) on one hand and these (Coupon Collector's problem, angles, arithmetic-geometric series sum, and even alternative CRT approach) on the other. Why do ...
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Removing upvote in first five minutes eliminates possibility of restoring upvote later

Something like the following scenario has happened to me two or three times since I've been active on this site (and happened again today). I read through an answer, like it, and upvote it. Then I ...
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About not upvoted, answered questions

A few minutes ago I saw a question with at least two standard answers, I mean, plain answers to the question, without warnings/cautions/etc. The weird thing (at least to me) is that such question had ...
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Do users upvote questions or answers more?

According to my profile page, I've voted on 1100 questions and voted on 800 answers. If Q is the number of question votes I've given and A is the number of answer votes, then $Q-A=300$. What is the ...
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How many upvotes are too many?

I frequently read other's answers by topics and I have a list of users who usually give high-quality answers I would like to read in some topic. It is totally possible that I would read (more than) 10 ...
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"Suspicious voting behavior" and the vote anomaly detection script

I understand that the details of the vote anomaly detection script are secret for a reason. But I also think that at least the coarse principles of what amounts to automated policing of what is ...
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What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta?

What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta? Does it mean "We should not discuss this," or "Good question, the answer is 'no'"?
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Should answer votes be cast based on their accesibility to the asker?

I occassionally see answers to questions which appear to require a greater level of knowlege than the asker has. Should votes be cast on answers depending on how understandable they are to the asker? ...
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Why should I upvote questions?

My question is quite simple: When is one supposed to upvote questions? E.g. am I upvoting, because... I personally find the question interesting. I find the question helpful or I have gained new ...
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Up- and downvote statistics

Are there some up and down vote statistics a standard user can access? I'm curious to know whether my feeling that users have been downvoting more and more liberally over time is correct or just my ...
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Upvoting answers on questions for politeness

I'm not saying this happens all the time; I just get influenced by this when an answer to one of my question is well written, but not exactly what I'm looking for. These people obviously took a lot of ...
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mysterious immediate upvotes not based on content

I had noticed before that answers sometimes receive upvotes almost immediately, and had been wondering how the upvoter had been able to read and assess the answer so quickly, but so far there had ...
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Net gain for a poor question

I have read a similar question on this meta in regards to users mitigating another users downvote, solely based on believing something shouldn't be a $-1$. I dislike this, since these users are ...
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Should you upvote a question if it has enlightening answers?

Something I've noticed is that as soon as a question gets a good answer, the question score starts increasing a lot. Is this an acceptable use of upvotes? I assumed that upvoting a question should be ...
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Can a down/up votes be accompanied by a comment?

Having been here for a while now, I understand the futility/meaninglessness of this question. Becoming accustomed to how this place works and how much and fast I have learned from the people here, I ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

I am curious to see posts that have polarized readers; that is, posts with many upvotes and many downvotes. So, Which posts (question or answer) on Math Stack Exchange have a high value of $\min(\...
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Upvoting on previous questions

It is often encouraged on this site to check with other posts to make sure your own isn't a duplicate, and since my expertise is quite limited at the moment, quite a number of mine do tend to be ...
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How can a question net minus six votes but gain two reputation points?

A recent question was posted by a user who had no other registered activity but had gained 2 reputation points. This would be possible if he had received (say) 4 up-votes and 9 down-votes, so that he ...
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Why is the number of required close votes constant?

How do high traffic questions survive without any system in place to prevent them from being closed too easily? It seems strange to me that the number of votes required to close a question is a ...
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Low reputation users with a lot of ghost votes

In the list of mathSE users by number of votes in the last quarter, there are a few examples of users with little to no reputation gain or site activity, but a lot of votes. Specifically: A user has ...
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Up Vote Down Vote

There are questions that are fine that they don't in themselves deserve negative votes. However, sometimes such posts get unusually high votes. I understand that the up-vote and down-vote criterion ...
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Voting for pure contest questions?

So, I just saw this querstion If both $a,b>0$, then $a^ab^b \ge a^bb^a$ , and I became confused at the number of upvotes it had. I perused the policies here on meta, and I see that questions ...
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Not sure why there is a huge number of downvotes on my question?

I don't understand the downvotes on my question here: Make $2$ cubes out of $1729$ unit cubes, expected number of times you have to paint I had shown my work so far, and was not asking for a complete ...
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When to vote a question down

When is it proper to vote a question down? I can think of obvious instances in which one should vote a question down, such as if it is the third or fourth homework question somebody has asked in a row ...
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