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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?

One thing to consider is that it is rather reasonable to only vote for answers where one is actually confident that they are correct. For for more complicated answer the pool of potential voters is ...
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Low reputation users with a lot of ghost votes

Absent any evidence of wrong-doing, we must assume that users are right-doing.* As long as a user has 15 reputation on this site, they are free to upvote as they wish (provided they are voting for ...
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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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Why favorite but not upvote?

An incomplete list of reasons why one might track a question: to delete them later. to check if they get deleted. to check if they stay closed. to see if maybe they get turned from something ...
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Is voting on questions getting harsher?

Interesting. Moderators have access to certain analytical data not present in the 25K site analytics (25K only). Part of this is up-/down-vote data on questions (and answers). Below is a graph showing ...
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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?

It's the same reason that detailed essays will never get as many upvotes as cat memes on social media. On the internet, people consume content primarily in a browsing paradigm. Quick and easy content ...
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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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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

I sampled maybe 10-15 of your questions, and it seems that the downvotes are all on those that you answered yourself. I didn't find anything objectionable with any of your questions at all, so I ...
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

It disappoints me that the admission I don't explain my downvotes anymore because I get abused when I do so. and the subsequent plea Can you all be nicer to downvoters so that we don't feel ...
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A travesty of upvoting

Welcome to Math.SE! The StackExchange platform is (arguably) the best question and answer service online, but it does have issues; one of the most noticeable is that people do not always vote the way ...
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Has the upvoting really gone down?

Is this really happening or is it just me who feels that? In relative terms, yes, this effect is real. However, it is not that users stopped voting. In absolute terms more votes are cast. The issue ...
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Downvoting new user's questions

It is impossible to notify downvoters; the possibility to do so comes up from time to time as a feature request (that might have some merits but is also open to abuse). The situation was handled ...
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

This question is the logical equivalent of "Can we be nicer to the tax collector?" We certainly need the tax collector so that we may function as a society. Without the tax collector, we lose the ...
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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 ...
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Unfair up-voting of high reputation, not having a special answer

First of all, I used to be often frustrated by this phenomenon myself. I would post answers similar to (well, better than, IMHO) those of other users with much higher reputation, only to find my ...
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Is this targeted voting?

I often read through a user's profile page if they post a lot of great answers. I want to upvote all of them, because they are all good. Is this targeted voting? Yes, at least in the sense the system ...
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Low reputation users with a lot of ghost votes

For the first example, the specific user in question is a very well-known SE citizen. He (going by the image) is not known for tolerance of poor quality and non-sense, quite the contrary. And, he ...
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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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Why is the number of required close votes constant?

Votes do not just accumulate, they can "age away" and how quickly actually depends a bit on the number of views. Moreover, questions with many views often are disproportionately viewed by ...
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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....
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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

To start with, looking at your activity on the site, the answer to "Am I the type of person you want on the site?" is resoundingly yes. Voting, however, is not necessarily the best representation of ...
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Down voting a question for not showing a correct attempt?

No, I would not downvote a question for mathematical errors. It makes no sense to do so, given that a compelling reason we ask for people to show effort is so that answerers can have a better idea of ...
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How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes?

The internet is dominated by cats. Anything with cats pictures or involving cats gets lots of votes or likes. Sorry gotta go, my feline master demands my attention.
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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons

I'd just like to point out that deleting your questions as soon as they earn a score of $-1$ might be an overly harsh metric. It requires only one disgruntled user to fire off a downvote after you've ...
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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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