Is the distribution of net votes to questions or answers on Stack Overflow modeled by a power law?
In other words, if you ranked all questions by score, are there (roughly) x times as many at rank i than there are at rank i-1?
Say that questions with 237 upvotes are at rank 5 on Stack Overflow, and there are seven questions with 237 votes. Then, at rank 6 (with, say, 235 votes) there would be 7x questions (for example, 12 questions).
Does anyone know the values of x, or whether a power law models the distribution of upvotes to questions / answers on Stack Overflow?
This is relevant beyond being statistically interesting. It's possible that we could use this information to enact policies that will deal with "gaps" in the long term. When power laws (as opposed to other kinds of laws) apply, posts with high scores attract disproportionately high numbers of votes over time than posts with lower scores. Is this what we really want? What policy could affect this? Maybe a vote cap, or a "tiered upvoting" system wherein posts with high scores could only be upvoted further by users with high rep?
Personally, I would like to see the effect of amplifying the power law... i.e. giving more preferential position to higher-ranking posts. But maybe that's because I like experiments.