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Unless the upvoter chooses to come and answer this question you're asking people here to read minds -- it's unlikely anyone can do that for you. People upvote wrong answers for a variety of reasons: they don't realise the answer is wrong, they don't care because it's "an answer" to a homework question and they just want something to submit; they think the ...


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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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[...] 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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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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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 ...


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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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While I'm not the most active on this site, my experience on other SE sites would suggest a simple piece of advice: upvote answers that are helpful, and downvote answers that are harmful. You get a lot of latitude to decide what "helpful" (or "harmful") means, but an answer that points you in the right direction enough that you can find ...


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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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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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Is this frequent? The yearly moderation report (e.g. 2020: a year in moderation) does not contain that information. I don't know if a count of voting corrections is kept somewhere, perhaps a moderator can provide more information. The problem is that I would not like to face similar situations again. I understand that. I don't like a “Voting corrected” ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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In my opinion, you should be quicker to upvote than to accept. You can undo an upvote and you can undo an accept, but, speaking only for myself, I'm more willing to see an upvote reversal kindly than an accept reversal. Upvote just means you think the answer is good. Accept means that you think it's the best answer. And some people on here seem to take ...


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To elaborate a bit on what moderator Alexander Gruber said: No you are not allowed to vote on your own post. In fact, if you try to vote on your own post, then you will get an error message saying: "You can't vote for your own post". The only way to vote for your own post is to have more than one account and use one account to vote for posts from the other. ...


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Once you vote on a question or answer you have 5 minutes to undo or change your vote. You can undo an upvote by clicking on the upvote arrow again and likewise with downvotes. After 5 minutes your vote is locked and you can neither undo nor change your vote. However, any edit done to the post removes this lock and you can then undo or change your vote. If ...


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Voters on questions can be roughly taxonomized into the following groups: Math.SE regulars who are considering answering the question and find it interesting/high-effort. The OP, their friends, their classmates, and random Googlers who need the answer to the question and would find it useful (for their exam, homework, research, etc) but don't care about the ...


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An answer can be technically correct without being particularly helpful or useful, and the question asker should be allowed to acknowledge that as well. For example, there was a question recently on main that amounted to "What is the Banach-Dieudonné theorem?" A 'correct' answer to that would be to state the theorem, copied probably from wikipedia or a ...


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Yes. Three examples: Often, questions are closed for being poorly posed (because, for example, the OP didn't understand the site), but they are improved and re-opened. When this happens, I believe that the barrage of downvotes is unhelpful - they were intended for an old version of the question, not for the new, nicely-worded version. So I upvote. My upvote ...


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How many upvotes are to many? The details of the script are not public, to avoid users working around it. If I write a comment to every answer upvoted about why I think it good, would the system not reverse my votes then? For reasons given above few (not even including per site mods) know what the system does exactly, and those that do know are not ...


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