I came across this question a few weeks ago. The question How to properly document S4 class slots using Roxygen2 has 199 upvotes (and 1 downvote). While that's not a surprising total for popular questions, and I'm not saying it doesn't deserve +198 score, it seems odd because
- It has a mere 6978 views.
Similarly-upvoted questions from the same time period have tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of views (with one exception that I see).Oops, I got the year wrong
- This looks like a fairly specific topic (a documentation tool for the specialized statistical language R). Most top questions from that period are about very-widely-used languages/software like .NET, Java, the IPhone, Ruby, Git, etc..
Nobody bothered to answer the question.Moderators pointed out that there were several spam answers that got deleted.
- Arjan pointed out that the upvotes were suspiciously evenly distributed over time. I'd expect that questions normally get the bulk of their upvotes shortly after creation, and then lose currency and only get upvotes on occasion. (am I right about this?)
- Some other questions on similar topics asked around the same time have +16, +15, and +3 upvotes. In particular, How to properly document S4 methods using roxygen2 looks very similar in scope (just with methods in place of class slots) and topic (writing R documentation), but has far fewer votes.
Are these observations cause to be suspicious about this? or has it just legitimately accumulated the votes?