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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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It’s become difficult to see visually if I’ve upvoted a post

This is not an A/B test - those happened a while ago and it has now been rolled out to all sub's. There has been a bunch of stink raised over it on https://meta.stackexchange.com/, but then that seems ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It’s become difficult to see visually if I’ve upvoted a post

For the moment (given that it is highly unlikely the buttons will be modified soon), you can use a script to roll-back to the usual buttons. For the sake of completeness, here's the full script which ...
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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 ...
David Z's user avatar
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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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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?

Have you ever had a word limit on an essay? It's not because markers are lazy. It's because brevity focuses the exposition. You may have also noticed short questions are favoured, as long as they're ...
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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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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

This is just a comment too long to be a comment. Judging from the above comments and the linked threads, I don't know how well this will be received. I might even get downvotes :) Yes we probably and ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to downvote a deleted post?

No one. But you need to differentiate between downvoting a post, and an upvote being invalidated. Accounts get deleted all the time for various reasons (e.g. self-deletions), and when those accounts ...
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Closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate?

I am promoting my comments to an answer, as this came up again in CURED again today. My flowchart is as follows: Is the question of sufficient quality to keep on the site? Yes. Go to step 2. No. ...
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Unfair up-voting of high reputation, not having a special answer

As you suggest, one reason why robjohn's answer got more upvotes than yours may be that he has a lot more rep, and is a familiar face to many people on math.SE. Both of these facts may cause some ...
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Why isn't there enough time to change our opinion?

Yes, I think it is enough time. You should make up your mind first and vote only then. If you cannot make up your mind, do not vote. Note also that if the post should change, then you could in fact ...
quid's user avatar
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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 ...
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