I recently started reviewing, and I noticed that I have a bias, especially with regards to close votes. I get that it's somewhat related to this question, but I find myself voting to close more often on questions asked by low rep users.

I understand that low rep users are simply more likely to ask bad questions. I can't deny, though, that seeing a "42.7k" next to a question I'm voting on feels a lot different than seeing a "16". It definitely factors into my decision-making process(one way or the other), and that doesn't feel right to me.

There's probably nothing technical that could be done about it, as it's quite obviously a human failing. I'm just curious if others find themselves feeling the same way, and what I can do to work on it.

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As a self-described "low-rep user," please don't close-vote my question just because I'm not Jon Skeet. –  Matt Ball Feb 20 '13 at 4:38
    
Some high rep users get pretty sulky when you close their question and don't feel like contributing anymore. So, yes, you'll risk that. meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/165932/… –  Uphill Luge Feb 20 '13 at 10:41
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This is part of normal human reasoning and is a sign your brain is functioning correctly. I too will give something a second look if its from a high rep user (as they make mistakes less often) but try not to let it influence you more than that –  Richard Tingle Oct 2 '13 at 9:55
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up vote 11 down vote accepted

Don't look at OP's name and reputation. Just look at question's content. And make your decision based on question's content/quality not based on OP's name & reputation. Because even Jon Skeet can also ask non-constructive questions

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That was my first thought, too. Unfortunately, for most questions, the name/rep block appears just left/down from dead center on my screen. I've tried not looking, but it's harder than it sounds. –  Geobits Feb 20 '13 at 4:46
    
@Geobits - There is no issue to look at reputation. Keep in mind: make your decision based on question's content not on reputation. And don't be afraid if any question reopen which is closed by your vote because mistakes are a part of human being. –  hims056 Feb 20 '13 at 4:51
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Option to have it hidden if someone feels he is biased too easily would be nice. But can be done within the browser. –  Mołot Oct 2 '13 at 9:53
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