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I think the vote button for questions is not placed well. Let me explain how I read topics so you can understand why I think that.

Every time a read a question + answers I start on the top of the page and I go down. Sometimes there is a long answer or question that might take more than my screen's height so I scroll down. If the question/answer was good I need to break my down-scrolling and go back up just to add a vote. I would like to go in just one direction...

The best place for a vote button is the bottom of the thing you have to read before voting. I the same thing as with EULAs: the (Dis)Agree button is placed below. Usually you put a button above only if you know that someone can click that without requiring to do what is below.

What do you think about that?

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While that might have been useful feedback about 1.8 years ago when we were in private beta, it is very, very unlikely to change at this late date.

Users seem to be able to vote in rational ways with the current position.

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+1. ROFLMAO @ "Users seem to be able to vote in rational ways with the current position." –  LeakyCode Jan 10 '10 at 10:53
But perhaps "why don't people vote for questions" is because they can't find the button ;-p (Typical males?) –  Marc Gravell Jan 10 '10 at 11:50
How about having it dynamically stay on screen, if scrolling would push it off? Seems like a simple jQuery... ;-) –  AviD Feb 26 '12 at 10:52

I do not like the idea. I think the number must stay above where it is right now. If the vote buttons are below, then you are changing a GUI element (the number) which you do not see (if you have scrolled down long posts). You could repeat the number below, but I think this looks stupid.

Another solution would be, that the number and the arrows scroll down with the post and always stick to the current scrolling position.

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You don't have to see the number when you vote. You know how one increases and decreases by 1 :) I would put the results in the upper part of the question and the voting buttons down. –  Victor Hurdugaci Jan 10 '10 at 15:55
@John: +1 for vote mechanism scrolling down with the post, and the obvious issues with @Victor's original idea. @Victor: Disagree. At the time of voting, I do like to see how others have voted. It may give me pause if I'm about to +1 something everyone else took to -3, for example. Allow me a chance to rethink and try to see other angles. –  John Rudy Jan 10 '10 at 16:12

I do think that the voting buttons for the actual question should be located elsewhere for the same reasons as you. In fact I can't even remember setting a question as a favorite after I've read the question itself, only if it has had an interesting title.

If I was the one in charge, I'd try to anchor the voting/favorite thingy to the end of the question for a moment and see how that affects people's behavior. If there's no significant change, switch it back.

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Maybe one could add a little icon with a link to jump to the beginning of the post from the bottom, if the answer is really long.

Another solution could be that clicking the link results in the top section of the answer (with the voting buttons) being vertically centered on the screen. Although somewhat useless for short answers, this wouldn't necessarily have to be disabled for these and thus doesn't require a definition of what's a "long" answer.

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