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The timeline of this "lucky" answer, in my local time. Amzoti posts the answer: Sep 29 at 15:14. Question asker deletes the question (and thus the answer): Sep 29 at 16:02. S/he was able to because nobody upvoted the answer by then. Amzoti posts a meta thread Deleting questions with answers and no upvotes?: Sep 29 at 16:29 Three users, including a mod,...


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[...] would it be considered bad form if I were to upvote it (as they would receive a random notification for an answer they wrote a few years ago and most likely forgot)? It's good form to up-vote good content one comes across. Moreover, I think for many it is rather a nice experience to be reminded by an up-vote of an old post. It shows that the content ...


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Naturally, as the site grows, the number of votes of either kind goes up. The trend is shown below: upvotes per day in blue, 10*downvotes per day in red. (Multiplied by 10 to be roughly on the same scale). As you can see, recently the number of downvotes reached 10% of the number of upvotes. For better readability, open the image in another tab. The time ...


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Sometimes I think a question is sort of crappy but feel like writing about the topic, so I write a quick answer, don't upvote, and move on to the next one. I guess I just like hearing the sound of my own voice. I see where you're coming from, but I think calling it "morally mandatory" might be taking Math StackExchange votes a little too seriously.


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I think that you suffer from a case of specialist's myopia. As I may have also been diagnosed with it let me elaborate. The calculus (or elementary number theory, not to mention high school level stuff) questions get a lot of attention in comparison to more specialized tags simply because there are more users A) understanding what the question is about, ...


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As proposed in my comment, I ran this query on data.SE: http://data.stackexchange.com/mathematics/query/87290/post-reputation-over-time This bears out that there has been a recent drop by half a vote per answer in the last two months from 3 to 2,5. Clearly, old posts are sometimes upvoted later on, but based on my own reputation, I estimate late votes to ...


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Generally, one can up- and down-vote in (almost) whatever way one likes. Thus, if you feel like doing it, you should feel free to do it. For the specific context, usually I would not do this as the idea is that up-votes encourage certain types of questions and there is no point in encouraging questions that are to be closed. Further, the high score of a ...


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I mentally assign scores to answers, and my probability of upvoting the answer depends on how much its actual score exceeds the score I have assigned. I am very unlikely to upvote an answer that I feel has more than enough points already, and I am more likely to upvote an answer that I feel is under-appreciated. I'm not sure this practice is defensible, and ...


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I upvote questions only if they way it is asked is "very good". That means the OP shows that he has put a lot of thought into it and the question is actually of interest (i.e. Google / W|A wouldn't tell you). I don't feel obliged to upvote just because I know the answer and the question is understandable. </my 2 cents>


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This really is a psychology question. One has ones ideals and principles and then there is reality. Ideally, I try to ignore how many votes a question/answer already has. I believe that (ideally) voting should always be based on the content and not other external things. I do not factor in whether or not other people have already "liked" the post, but I ...


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Voting on the site is not necessarily based on mathematical content. Many times people vote out of "loyalty" or "appreciation" for a user. I know that sometimes I do that as well, when I see a user which consistently writes good answers I will usually vote his/her answer before reading it fully. Why? because I know that the probability that the answer is ...


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Don't upvote anything that is wrong. In the situation that you are describing, better give an encouraging comment pointing out the mistake. When the answer is corrected, you still can upvote.


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From the Help Center: Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you ... This has been the definition of reputation for as long as I can remember. People upvote substandard answers. People downvote because they're having a bad day. It happens. Also, your reputation, plus 99 cents, will get you a mediocre cup of coffee. If you ...


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Upvotes are worth +10 and accepts are worth +15. Upvote rep is still awarded when a user accepts, so an upvote accept is +25. In general, users upvote any post they find worthwhile. You are right in assuming that most users upvote answers they accept, and that it is widely considered a douchey move to accept without upvoting. ("If my post wasn't worthwhile,...


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I have other reasons not to upvote that question, but I would not downvote or vote to close it either. The official reason for closing many a question is "off-topic -> missing context". Some users mistakenly equate "missing context" with "missing work/effort shown". The linked question gives context on the first line - it is from an Iranian math contest. I ...


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Agree with everything quid said. Just adding a few observations. Voting old answers is very much ok. As long as you find them during "natural" browsing of the site, like following an interesting looking link or title (in a comment or an answer to a newer post, or may be in the Related list on the right margin). But if you search for posts of a specific user,...


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If you feel that a particular answer has taught you something new and you would like to reward the user, you can set a bounty, even for 50 points. The bounty will not be reversed automatically, like serial voting, and in addition it transcends the daily reputation cap, which means that more votes will be effective. If you want to upvote a user and endow ...


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If you mean "should" in the sense of "the system is designed to operate that way", then yes, the order of votes matters. This is similar to how downvotes and upvotes don't commute for new users, since a user's reputation is required to be $\geq 1$. If you mean "should" in the sense of "we want the system to operate that way", then I think even the SE team's ...


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10k users have access to New Answers to Questions More Than 30 Days Old. Here's an example of one of your answers on the list: It is a bit hard to find, but if you go to the 10k tools and click on the "stats" page. At the bottom of the page, there's a list of links. One such link is the above:


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To answer this part of your question: Where in the guidelines does it say that a question asker should do this? If you look at What topics can I ask about here? (which can be found in the help center), you can find a link to: How to ask a good question? Here you can read that questions should provide context. OP's attempt count as adding context. But ...


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I think most people who upvote don't do it to reward the asker, or to vouch for the quality of the question. They think, "yes, this is a question that I too would like to see a good answer to", and have some fuzzy idea that upvoting the question will make it more noticed by people who can write good answers to it (or make them more motivated to answer). In ...


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First off, you explicitly mentioned this suggestion a while ago, and the community seemed to think it is valuable. That said, as the comments imply, it can be a little risky... but I don't think it is a significant risk. From my personal experience, any "nonsense" is swiftly dealt with by the community, regardless of how advanced it is. I don't know if this ...


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Probably about 90% of the time, I will upvote the question if I answer it. However, there are some times that I think the question is very poorly described and/or the person asking didn't provide any effort at all. In these rare situations, I won't upvote the question. So, in short, I believe that most questions that one answers, one should upvote--after ...


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I think the answer is simple: Because people want to earn reputation points, and possibly even a nice golden badge, or at least a silver. A nice strategy in this context is to answer this kind of very popular questions that everybody thought once in their lifetime/career/afterlife. The same goes for the hopefully rare scenario of the questioner with bad ...


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