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I've found that I'm hesitant to upvote an answer when it is ok, but I could see room for improvement, since the upvote would take the question off the unanswered list.

Am I simply missing a piece of etiquette? Has anyone else noticed this effect?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

IMHO

You should use votes how you like. They are yours to cast.

I upvote right answers, even if they aren't the best.

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+1, even though this is not the best answer –  Rich Seller Sep 28 '09 at 8:09
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Ha, thanks! (15 char lim harder to bypass.....) –  jjnguy Sep 28 '09 at 8:12
    
@jinguy: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/23595/… –  perbert Sep 28 '09 at 12:37

If I can provide the improvment, I write an answer. If not, I upvote the existing one. I may also ask for precisions in a comment.

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Are you better off with the answer than without it? If so, upvote it.

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I upvote an answer if it helped answering the question in any way. If I feel like there is something missing from the answer, I put a comment on it indicating the room for improvement. Same goes for good questions that need improvement.

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