40 votes
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Why did this answer get an upvote?

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: ...
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35 votes
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Upvoting on previous questions

[...] 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 ...
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Discrimination against PDE questions?

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 ...
23 votes

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

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 ...
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22 votes
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Up-voting a question while simultaneously voting to close it

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 ...
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22 votes
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

As already mentioned, this can be done using SEDE. The posts with highest $\min$(upvotes,downvotes): main, meta You can also modify the query to include some additional information about the post (e....
20 votes
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When do we upvote or accept an answer?

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 ...
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Which posts have a high value of $\min(\text{upvotes, downvotes})$?

This information can be obtained from the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE). I have almost no experience with SQL, therefore I took the existing query Most controversial posts on the site and ...
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16 votes
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Are there often serial upvoters on the site?

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 ...
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How many upvotes are too many?

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 ...
14 votes

Better attitudes towards voting

I'd like to write about just one concrete point raised regarding consequences of downvoting: should we pull punches if we think the recipient would react negatively? I don't think so It is a good ...
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13 votes

Why a question without showing any work is getting upvoted?

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 ...
12 votes

How do some seemingly easy questions get hundreds of upvotes?

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 ...
12 votes
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Should we encourage upvotes on more advanced questions, that are seemingly well written, even if you don't understand it?

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 ...
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11 votes
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What is the process for determining which questions with no effort get downvoted?

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 ...
11 votes

Cancelling an Upvote (Downvote)

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 ...
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11 votes
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How to quickly find recent questions with lots of upvotes?

The article "How do I search?" in the help center has a section "Dates" - which explains how to use dates with the operators created: and ...
10 votes

How many upvotes are too many?

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 ...
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10 votes

Bad questions from new users immediately getting (sometimes multiple) upvotes

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 ...
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10 votes

Why does the acceptance of an answer not imply an upvote?

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 ...
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10 votes

When do we upvote or accept an answer?

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 ...
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9 votes

Should we encourage upvotes on more advanced questions, that are seemingly well written, even if you don't understand it?

I think that the general guidelines for "asking a good question" on this site are nearly content agnostic. I might write a horribly thought out and poorly reasoned question about category theory which ...
8 votes

How do some seemingly easy questions get hundreds of upvotes?

The problem is that seemingly easy is opinion-based. I would argue that the question given as example is interesting and not that easy, at least for a relatively large part of the audience of the ...
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7 votes
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If reputation reaches daily maximum

They (as gender-neutral term) earn 25 rep, not 13. Help center says: Bounty awards, accepted answers, and association bonuses are not subject to the daily reputation limit.
7 votes

Extra reputation?

Currently, the question has 6 upvotes and 2 downvotes, which gives score 4 and net reputation gain $6\cdot5-2\cdot2=26$. You can view upvotes and downvotes on your reputation tab. If you sort it by ...

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