I sometimes catch myself withholding upvotes on "correct" answers just because it already has a high score and I feel that the answer isn't worth that much. I do feel guilty by doing so, but not guilty enough to overrule my decision.
This mainly applies to when I'm casually browsing through SO. Obvious exceptions are when:
- I'm looking for a specific solution and find one
- I have also posted an answer, then upvotes on competing answers are based mainly on merit.
- I've learnt something new from the answer
What are your thoughts on this? Should I mend my evil ways?
- Everyone has the rights to use their voting quota as they please. I should do what I instinctively feel is correct.
- Some answers do have disproportionately high votes. E.g. FGITW on dupes
- One should vote based on the contents, not based on existing score or poster (same argument used against pity-votes which in some sense is the flip side of this issue)
- I don't do this consistently.