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By accepting an answer you're obviously already saying that it was useful. Should an additional up-vote be reserved for answers that are particularly useful, or do people always tend to use the two in unison (or the contrary)?

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This would be more appropriate as a community-wiki question. –  Mark Biek Oct 14 '08 at 19:34
    
Touché. Duly modified. –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 19:42
    
Glad to see other Owen's floating around out there. –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 19:45
    
Indeed! Though we're so sparse that can feel claustrophobic when other Owens are in the vicinity. –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 19:50
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Agreed! Maybe we can work out a split. I'll take Java, Python, and Ruby on Rails. You take C++, C#, and bash scripting. You can have Stackoverflow Monday through Friday and I'll take it on the weekends? –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 20:14
    
Sounds fair. Done. –  Owen Oct 15 '08 at 19:34

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up vote 37 down vote accepted

I usually use the two together because if I accept it, it's a good answer, but there might be a better one that I accept an hour, day, or week later.

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Yes I do this too. Always helps to see those big numbers. –  ianbeks Mar 30 '11 at 15:38

The answer that is accepted by the user solves the user problem. Meaning they should have either tested it or it solved their problem. If the question is going to accepted by the user it should be up voted by the user.

Upvote any answers that helps add to the knowledge of the question, they may not have the perfect answer per se but help on the path of the perfect answer.

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This describes the use of the two features but doesn't really answer the question of whether they should be used together. –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 19:45

I upvote any answers that are helpful: perhaps they're not the exact solution, but they're alternatives, or on the right path.

Sometimes there are duplicates. If duplicate answers should be 'accepted', I prefer them to be upvoted to match each other, or allow one answerer to retract his answer in favor of the other guy.

But overall, if you're accepting something you're not upvoting, why are you accepting it?

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I agree; I just thought in some cases doing both might be overkill and wanted to hear people's input. –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 19:40
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I liked your approach - and using it now - tks! –  rshimoda Oct 14 '08 at 20:41

I usually vote up all answers to my question unless specifically unhelpful or plain incorrect. They took the time to reply and contributed. I usually pick an answer a while later, maybe after testing it.

I guess this means that I usually do both.

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I do this as well, for the same reasons. –  Electrons_Ahoy Oct 14 '08 at 19:51
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Even duplicates? If they're duplicates at around the same time then I can see doing that, but if someone repeats an existing answer more than five or ten minutes after the original was posted, I'd say the duplicate doesn't deserve a vote. –  Owen Oct 14 '08 at 19:54
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i was doing that as a courtesy, but realized that if i do the question falls off of the unanswered list immediately, which reduces its exposure - so now i wait until the answers have settled down and then do it –  Steven A. Lowe Oct 14 '08 at 19:57
    
Yeah, that's the pattern for subjective questions like this one. For technical questions where I need a question I do tend to leave voting up until I've checked for that reason. –  Keith Oct 14 '08 at 20:13

I upvote and accept.

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Why not make the Accept function automatically give 1 upvote? To me, it doesn't make sense to accept an answer without upvoting it.

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@Mikey: I can imagine situations where you only got one answer, it was not great, but it gave you a pointer on how to solve the problem. So you could accept it, but not give it an upvote because it was not that great. –  Jan Fabry Feb 23 '11 at 11:55
    
And what if your out of votes for the day? –  Hendrik Vogt Feb 23 '11 at 17:41
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@Hendrik Vogt - you're never out of accept clicks –  warren Mar 30 '11 at 15:27
    
@Hendrik Vogt - Tomorrow is another day. –  Justin Morgan Mar 30 '11 at 16:05
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@warren: Well, of course not. What I meant: What should happen if accepting gives an automatic upvote, but you're out of votes for the day? –  Hendrik Vogt Mar 31 '11 at 8:12
    
@Justin: I don't know what you mean. –  Hendrik Vogt Mar 31 '11 at 8:13
    
@Hendrik Vogt - pretty sure that @Justin means you could always vote the answer up tomorrow if you ran out of votes today. –  warren Mar 31 '11 at 12:26
    
@warren: Hmm, OK, then Justin misunderstood me, too. –  Hendrik Vogt Mar 31 '11 at 13:21
    
@Hendrik - I did. I see what you mean now. Good point. –  Justin Morgan Mar 31 '11 at 14:00

I only upvote if the answer is both correct and well formulated.

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