This keeps nagging me. The other day, this question was asked and in no time it had 10 upvotes. Same for the most upvoted answer.
I was surprised. For a first question it's a relatively good question, but not exceptional. In fact, similar questions are asked at least five times a week. They are marked as duplicate or when they get answered, the answer is always roughly the same, but I never see them get so many upvotes. Neither do the answers.
I was surprised, fascinated really, but tried to forget about it and move on.
But then this look-alike question came in. And it was answered by him who often gets many upvotes. (You know). What? One upvote each!
I have to ask. Can anyone explain to me what it is with this first question? I hang around at StackOverflow often and long enough to notice this as "remarkable". Not necessarily implying misbehaviour, but it is uncommon. Is it these intangible psychological mechanisms of voting?