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CrossValidated's rather extreme up-voting problem

Users have pointed out that it is very difficult for beginners to comment on questions, see this thread. These users particularly seem to emphasize that it appears Cross Validated has separate ...
WetlabStudent's user avatar
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I get surges of upvotes, and they are lumpy in time. Is this because the site is surfacing my questions all at once, or do I have a stalker/superfan?

Question is in the title. This morning I wake up to 40 more points, on various questions that I had asked since I started using this site years ago. Yesterday I had something similar. Is the site's ...
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Vote early, vote often

A question with the same exact title was posted on tex stackexchange by Scott Morrison. I think the point made by Scott is very insightful and we should strive to follow the advice given. What do you ...
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If a question is good enough for you to answer, should you up vote it?

Following on from the recent question about upvoting (or the lack of it), here is a specific example where I'm not sure what we 'should' be doing with regards to upvoting. I provided a short answer to ...
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How can we discourage downvoting when inappropriate?

Note the approximately equal opinions +16/-13 on this question. Clearly, this question divides our site members into approximately equal groups of opinions for downvoting. To those who would prefer a ...
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Is it OK to downvote newbies?

Since I'm still quite new to the site, I just wanted to poll what the general consensus is on voting down questions from people with very low rep. As an example, I don't think the OP from this ...
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My upvoting policy

Some time ago I decided to employ a policy for upvoting the questions: When I answer the question, it means that it was worth answering, so I automatically upvote it. There are some minor exceptions ...
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Can interesting question be rescued from unnoticeability?

I just started wondering if there is anything that we can do with questions that are predestinated to become unnoticed and unanswered while having some potential. Take as example this recent ...
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Odd upvoting pattern? [duplicate]

I haven't been very active on the site lately. In the past several days I've noticed that very old crusty answers of mine have been getting upvoted what seems like an atypical amount. Is anybody ...
russellpierce's user avatar
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Help spread the wealth

[This post was inspired by this one] You may have noticed that I award the occasional bounty - I like to give one when I see a particularly good answer or a question I think should get an answer. (...
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Do answers with equations and formulas in them get more votes?

I have this hypothesis. Ceteris paribus the answers that have formulas (equations) in them get more votes than plain English answers. Do you agree?
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Community moderating vs systemic attacks

I see a lot of programming questions here. I remind people that programming questions are off-topic here, that they could be useful for Stack Overflow, and that the requirements are a minimal working ...
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How reasonable is to inform new users about upvotes and accepting answers through an automatic message?

I have noticed that most of the questions in Cross Validated come from new users who, for a number of reasons, do not read the FAQ section and do not know about the upvoting and accepting-an-answer ...
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Should we encourage downvoters to leave a comment for their downvote?

I am of the opinion that we should encourage downvoters to leave a comment as to why they downvoted. This is particularly important for questions as without a comment it is hard for the OP to figure ...
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Should I upvote an elaborated answer which I do not fully understand?

If I saw a lot of effort in an answer (e.g., assume that there are a lot of derivations, code, and plots), but I'm not sure that the math is correct, should I upvote to encourage the person answering ...
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Is there a way to protect against unreasonable downvoting

I have been downvoted on 5 answers this morning, the downvotes occurring in a batch with no comments left. The obvious conclusion is that some user decided for whatever reason to pick on me. Can you ...
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Does unanimity of reasons to close matter?

When I look to the close review queue I sometimes find that other voters have given a different reason to close from the one I has eventually decided on. Sometimes though I was only 60:40 in favour of ...
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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

This applies to many of us who have been members of this site for many years. Some of my old questions and answers get reviewed periodically. This is fine. Members have a right to upvote or ...
Michael R. Chernick's user avatar
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Is it ever too early to upvote or downvote a question?

I have noticed that as I look at a newly posted question on CV that it may already have say in one case 2 or 3 upvotes or in another 1 or 2 downvotes. The question is completely new and has only been ...
Michael R. Chernick's user avatar
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Strange upsurge in up-voting of my questions [duplicate]

I have noticed an unexpected upsurge in the frequency by which my past questions are being upvoted. Whereas for most years of my membership I had maybe on average one or two upvotes in a week, since ...
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