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I recently voted on a couple of questions and answers on CrossValidated. As I have 1 rep, my votes are not scored. However, I expected that my votes would show up on my profile action history so I could find the questions and answers I found helpful.

Joke alert: What is the probability that a "voting history for low rep users" feature will be implemented?

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  • $\begingroup$ I just gave you +5 rep, hopefully you can post something :-) $\endgroup$ – SmallChess May 8 '17 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ I cannot verify your claim: your user profile on CV shows you have never voted. Do you have multiple accounts? $\endgroup$ – whuber May 8 '17 at 15:01
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    $\begingroup$ I do not have multiple accounts and have voted with this one. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Li May 8 '17 at 15:05
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber That is the problem I'm bringing up - that I can't track my votes on my profile while I am low rep. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Li May 8 '17 at 15:07
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    $\begingroup$ If you click to vote before you have the privilege to vote, I don't think it ever shows anywhere on your account as a vote. My understanding it it's recorded as if someone with no account had voted (which does impact some things though isn't worth reputation) but doesn't count for you. (People without an account who click on the upvote arrow get a little thank you message, but it's not dealt with like an upvote) $\endgroup$ – Glen_b May 8 '17 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ If you have below 15 rep, you cannot vote (see stackoverflow.com/help/privileges/vote-up). Hence this: I recently voted on a couple of questions and answers on CrossValidated. As I have 1 rep -- is impossible. $\endgroup$ – amoeba May 8 '17 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ Are you voting while logged in or not? There are two voting systems: one for guests and another for registered users. $\endgroup$ – whuber May 8 '17 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ @Glen_b Hmm, I thought it's not possible to vote without an account. I can't vote on CV if I am not logged in. $\endgroup$ – amoeba May 8 '17 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ The message I receive when "voting" with less than 15 rep is the following: "Thanks for the feedback! Votes cast by those with less than 15 reputation are recorded, but do not change the publicly displayed post score." I'd like to see that record listed in my vote history on my profile. Maybe they can automatically count for scores once my rep is high enough. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Li May 8 '17 at 15:16
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    $\begingroup$ @amoeba i.stack.imgur.com/JU2EQ.png ... it's not an actual vote. $\endgroup$ – Glen_b May 8 '17 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber I am voting while logged in. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Li May 8 '17 at 15:43
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    $\begingroup$ When browsing some questions just now I noticed the 'favorite option' (the nice yellow star). Is that one available for new (low rep) users (I do not really remember)? If so, then I would gladly concede my previous comment and 'side'/agree with @amoeba. If the only purpose is being able to find these question or answers again, this option seems adequate enough. $\endgroup$ – IWS May 9 '17 at 12:16
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    $\begingroup$ @IWS I did not notice the favorite option. I will use that. However, perhaps it would be appropriate to turn a non-vote into a vote after someone reaches 15 rep? $\endgroup$ – Alexander Li May 9 '17 at 20:19
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    $\begingroup$ @AlexanderLi that seems reasonable, but you would have to take it up on the main Meta site (and probably not likely to be implemented) $\endgroup$ – GeoMatt22 May 9 '17 at 22:59
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    $\begingroup$ @ameoba Its my recollection that account-less votes are (or perhaps were) used for something but I don't recall what that actually is. $\endgroup$ – Glen_b May 10 '17 at 1:50
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Low rep users can "favorite" questions in order to keep track of questions that they found useful. Favorite questions are listed separately from votes in the profile history and do not require reputation.

Answers to a specific question cannot be marked as favorite, so revisiting an old question may take a minimal bit of effort to find the desired answer.

Because the "favorite" feature covers the desired use case (allow low rep users to keep track of useful questions and information), though not the exact technical request (track votes for low rep users), I'd guess the probability of implementing this feature request to be pretty low.

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