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I have noticed (and maybe I am wrong) that existing votes of an answer (or question) influence the total votes received.

It is more a philosophical problem of the relation between part and whole

That is probably due to the fact that upvotes or downvotes appear instantaneously.

So when a user clicks a new question existing upvotes or downvotes influence him, until the user shapes his own point of view, and it is probable for him to vote accordingly to previous votes.

I have to mention that there is (in my point of view) a crucial time for the rhythm (of upvoting or downvoting a question or an answer) to be stabilized.

What do you think about total votes appearing after an interval of time, for example, after 5 minutes since the time that have been posted?

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It adds quite a bit of complexity, as for that interval, each voter would see their votes take effect, but nobody else's.

In my opinion, this was already solved by adding the random sort order to posts that have the same number of votes.

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I wouldn't say the problem is "solved" - it still effectively makes the first vote cast for answers on any question more likely to be influential than any subsequent vote - but I agree that the additional complexity wouldn't be worth any potential benefit. –  Jon Skeet Jul 29 '10 at 6:44

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