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The Problem with Reputation: Does High Reputation Attract Too Many ‘Up-Votes’?

Is it possible that users up-vote other users more simply because a person has a higher reputation? If this is the case, should there be certain measures applied to counteract this, or to inform users?

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marked as duplicate by jmfsg, Adam Davis, Lance Roberts, ChrisF, Tyler Carter Mar 18 '10 at 0:16

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Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/515/… –  Adam Davis Mar 17 '10 at 23:31
    
@partial the problem is that it would take the senior members to institute such a change. Too much emphasis is put on the number next to their name and less on the quality of their answer. –  Locutus Mar 18 '10 at 0:41

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I think you may be putting the effect before the cause. Users get high reputation by giving lots of good answers. Don't be surprised when a user who has demonstrated a pattern of leaving good answers gets lots of upvotes for continuing that pattern.

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+1 because you have the most rep of everyone who answered this question. ;-P –  Adam Davis Mar 18 '10 at 0:16
    
Does that mean that all their answers are good? –  user135501 Mar 18 '10 at 2:21
    
@partial: Definitely not, but I would expect a high proportion of them to be. –  Bill the Lizard Mar 18 '10 at 2:32

We should educate those coming in, that the purpose of voting is to rate the answer or question. Actually, I think this is already in the FAQ. Education is the key.

You might come up with a modification of the FAQ that would help explain this better.

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Yes, but not at a large enough level to worry about. Except on Meta where Jon Skeet gets upvotes just for being Jon Skeet at this stage. But meta rep means nothing anyway.

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The Jon Skeet fanboyism is getting really old. –  Ether Mar 18 '10 at 22:49
    
@Ether This was a comment on it, not actual fanboyism –  Macha Mar 18 '10 at 23:28
    
+1 for mentioning Jon Skeet –  DVK Mar 22 '10 at 1:02

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