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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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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Is there a rich get richer phenomenon on CV and can we do something about it? I have a feeling that we, as a community (including myself), have a bias in up-voting, so that high-reputation users are ...
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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

It is known that CV has a large and growing number of unanswered questions. If that is to improve, increasing the number of people who answer questions and/or help clean up (downvote, edit, comment) ...
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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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Should we reduce the vote threshold for closing questions?

Currently, it takes 5 close votes from users with the vote-to-close privilege ($\ge3000$ reputation), or 1 vote from a moderator, to close a question. If the question is being closed as a duplicate ...
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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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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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Correlation between upvotes and effort

I am curious about your experiences regarding the relationship between time and effort spent on preparing an answer and the number of upvotes it receives. While I do not even have proper data for ...
Christoph Hanck's user avatar
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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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How to ask question that makes you famous and highly upvoted?

@whuber asked recently about Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately, i.e. how not to ask questions, but maybe let's address this from the opposite perspective: how to ask a "great" ...
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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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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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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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Low profile low quality answers

It probably could be stated as a fact that "interesting" questions get more interest, answers and votes, while the "common" ones receive less attention on CV. I recently noticed that it happens (not ...
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Why do gibberish answers get any upvotes?

It seems you can get upvoted for no apparent reason :) (source https://stats.stackexchange.com/a/270116/35989)
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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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How to encourage people to upvote new answers to old questions?

I have the impression that many new answers to old questions often do not get the number of upvotes they deserve. What can we do so that these answers are also upvoted? "Old question" in this ...
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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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Do you have a right to downvote just because the question is not under your interest?

I know how many questions are posted to this website per second. Some questions are repeated or even not clear. However, I experienced that some questions have already had a down vote and I see that ...
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When do upvotes occur?

What percentage of your upvotes would you estimate occurs after, say, 24h have elapsed since you gave an answer? My impression is that this percentage is very firmly in the single digits (~3-5%) in ...
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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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Irregular voting patterns

Without calling anyone out, I suspected someone of downvoting other answers than their own just to have theirs appear higher/attract more upvotes. However, I wasn't sure how to report this and more ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Is a sole answer with a down vote worse than no answer at all?

I was the only responder to a question recently. The question betrayed some misunderstandings on the part of the asker, and while my response was accurate, respectful and responsive, it also asked and ...
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Modify colors for up-vote and down-vote arrow [duplicate]

I'm color blind, and I have a hard time distinguishing between the neutral and pressed up and down vote colors. I have already had my votes locked on a few questions by trying to up-vote them when ...
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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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OK to close homework-help scans as "unclear what you're asking"?

It doesn't immediately grab me why such low quality homework help problems should be closed https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/116089/i-need-help-with-this-estimation However, we probably ...
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How to improve attention to interesting/advanced, but complex/difficult, questions?

TL;DR The system promotes popular questions, but popular might not need to align with characteristics that are desirable. Especially complex and difficult questions might be very desirable, but ...
Sextus Empiricus'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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Distribution of question and answer votes on CV

My question is simple theoretically, but probably not so simple practically... Is there a way to check the distribution of question votes vs answer votes on CV? My assumption is that people are more ...
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Downvoting a new member

I just downvoted a post (now deleted) by a new member who has a reputation of one. Downvoting cost me some reputation, but it also cost that user some reputation, or at least it would have if that ...
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Is it inappropriate to post a comment under an answer, like "Please consider up voting all questions you answer"

Previously I posted a question in this meta stack exchange about lack of up votes of questions, especially questions that have answers. Based on the answers in that post, it seems like multiple people ...
WetlabStudent's user avatar
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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 ...
Tim's user avatar
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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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Most voted up answers at Cross Validated?

What is the best way to view the most voted up (or highest scored) answers and questions at Cross Validated?
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How to undo a vote?

Today, I accidentally up voted an answer, while intending to up vote another answer. To undo this, I hit the down vote button, but after that, I had down voted the answer. So I up voted it again, ...
Ytsen de Boer's user avatar
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1 answer
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Feature request for tracking votes for low rep users

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 ...
Alexander Li'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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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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1 answer
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When closing old unanswered but upvoted questions, consider downvoting down to zero (right?)

Some of us are actively scavenging old questions and voting to close some of them as off-topic or unclear. This is great. If such a question has zero score, then it will be automatically deleted ...
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Are moderators notified by votes to close a question?

Question: Do moderators receive any sort of notification when a vote to close is submitted by a user with 3000+ reputation? It appears that if a user with 3000+ chooses to flag and picks "doesn't ...
cardinal's user avatar
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Are CV participants too harsh on naive questioners? [duplicate]

Not sure why, but lately I've noticed that many questions are being downvoted, not because they are "off-topic," but because the CV observers felt the question wasn't clear enough. Is this sort of ...
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Downvoting comments

A few months ago, I posted this question on the CV meta asking about why a flag for deletion that I added to a comment was declined. This question generated what I think was some very interesting ...
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Can there be robot upvotes? [duplicate]

During each of the last five days, some of my answers - most being quite old - were upvoted within a short lapse of time. More precisely: 5, 3, 3, 3, 3 answers were upvoted within a few minutes for ...
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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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Finding where/how reputation went down

I noticed an increase in my reputation today further to an upvote to one of my answers. Surprisingly, the increase is 6 units, not 10. I'm aware of the ways one can gain/lose reputation (also saw this ...
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Did the interface change, did I lose a privilege, or is everything just slightly wonky?

I've just noticed that I no longer seem to have the ability to recommend some posts for closure (which I noticed because I wanted to do something with a link only post – I eventually took the ...
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Is this platform losing significance?

In a discussion with an ex-user of the platform, I noticed how some policies of the platform are too harsh, and hence users do not have a pleasant experience, especially for those who are new to ...
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How to request reason for closing

My question was closed for lack of enough detail and no private feedback was provided as to what detail is exactly missing, which is not how I read it is supposed to be. Even though I cannot think of ...
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