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On a Stack Exchange site, I voted some questions (between 5 or 6 questions, at least), then I started voting some answers, and I got a message about voting on questions too, which was similar to "you have not voted for questions in a while," and that suggested I should vote on questions too. Since I kept voting on answers after a pause, I got the same message again, and then again; I even got it twice in row, for two votes on answers. (I don't remember the exact words because instinctively I clicked to close the dialog box; that is why I said that is similar too, even if those could be the exact used words.)

I have seen that message when, in a day, I started voting for answers, and voted for X answers in row, without voting questions. In this case, I started with voting questions, and I also voted on questions the day I voted on that site.

Is that message only given when the system is deciding if I can vote more than 30 times?
I ask because the used words suggests me I didn't vote for questions in the last 5-6 days, while I did it right today, and the day I voted on that site before today. I understand that the message is considering a relatively short period of time, or having voted on 1225 questions and 779 answers would be considered, but I would imagine I should not get that message if I have voted for questions during the day.

Should not the message be changed, or showed in different circumstances?

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From the blag:

...if you haven’t voted on at least one question in the last 15 votes you cast — you’ll now get the “you haven’t voted on questions in a while; questions need votes too!” reminder every time you vote until you do.

I'm not sure how up-to-date this info is, as the rules may have been tweaked over time (that blog post is from May 2011).

I think part of the confusion comes from the subjective nature of "in a while". In this case, I don't think it's refering to time. The meaning is more like:

you haven’t voted on questions in a while the past several votes; questions need votes too!

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Basing on that, if I vote for 10 questions, and then for 16 answers, I would get that message because my last 15 votes were for answers. It is not what I would call "not voting for questions in a wile." :) –  kiamlaluno Feb 17 '12 at 15:05
    
@kiamlaluno Correct. The wording does seem a bit misleading / flawed now that you mention it =) –  jadarnel27 Feb 17 '12 at 15:07
    
@kiamlaluno I've updated my answer with a little bit of a clarification (hopefully). –  jadarnel27 Feb 17 '12 at 15:20
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I agree that in a while can be subjective, but I don't think somebody would tell me "you have not taken out the trash in a while" if I did that in the morning. :) –  kiamlaluno Feb 17 '12 at 15:41

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