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I think it would be interesting to see if there is a Jon Skeet effect on question closure.

I've recently seen two heavily downvoted questions (one here) which AREN'T closed, and I suspect that it's because they have an answer by Jon.

I also wonder whether there aren't people 'following' Jon around, and questions that he answers automatically get more views.

Would be also interesting to see if this is a Jon Skeet effect, or if it is a high rep user effect.

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I'm pretty sure there are a few people who follow me around to some extent. Eric Lippert seems to comment on my answers more than would seem likely if he were just reading a random sample of C# questions - although that's an effect for which I'm profoundly grateful, as his comments are always insightful.

I believe the linked Meta question already had plenty of downvotes before I answered though - and it's worth remembering that downvotes on a question on meta don't really equate to downvotes on a Stack Overflow question. They're expressions of disagreement rather than suggestions that the question is asked badly etc. Examples in Stack Overflow would be more interesting.

I wouldn't be surprised if there were an effect, but one that's a little more subtle - it's possible that if I answer a question, some people may not downvote it when they otherwise would. That doesn't necessarily have to be due to me being me, however. You might think a question is generally useless until you see an answer which interprets the question slightly differently, for example.

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Yes, there is worse than being stalked by Eric Lippert :) – Benjol Oct 28 '09 at 7:47
    
... and if I'm right, you've just guaranteed a long life for my question, so thank you :) – Benjol Oct 28 '09 at 7:48

It shouldn't be to hard to pull off. Just two subsets of the data. One with Skeet and one without. Plot a graph and ???. Profit!

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I also think there is an Ólafur Waage effect. Questions/Answers by me on meta have a high chance of getting volcano/viking related comments. – Ólafur Waage Oct 28 '09 at 7:43
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Especially if you do it yourself. ;) – mmyers Oct 28 '09 at 14:39

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