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Meaning: I just upvoted a question on Stack Overflow where I provided the accepted answer. My thinking was simple - this person has provided me with points/reputation, so I'm obligated to return the favor.

Does anyone else engage in this type of behavior? Is this behavior bad for Stack Overflow / Stack Exchange sites?

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Wasn't there a suggestion way back that points should be switched off for a week, to see what happens? What happened to that? – nb69307 Aug 11 '10 at 23:10
No way! This is not a reputation trading platform. – Benjol Aug 12 '10 at 4:54

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No. If I did, I'd have to stop answering lousy questions. Or start up-voting lousy questions. Either way, it doesn't sound like much fun.

Not sure why you'd feel obligated - you provided the OP with an answer, and that's probably more valuable than whatever you're getting out of an "accept" mark.

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Would +2 this if I could... – squillman Aug 11 '10 at 23:20
@Squillman. If you downvote, then remove it days later, he'll seem to get +2. – devinb Aug 12 '10 at 13:48
@devin nice, I'll have to file that for future reference. – squillman Aug 12 '10 at 14:03

Stackoverflow works best when you vote based on the quality of the question/answer. Reciprocal voting does not follow this pattern. You are free to vote as you see fit, but I would suggest you not case reciprocal votes.

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Sometimes. If it was a good/great question I would have already upvoted it, but if it was just average, I might not except reciprocally. I would never upvote a crappy question.

I always appreciate having an answer accepted.

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except reciprocally? Do you mean expect reciprocity? Sorry, but my inner nit is out in force today. – Peter Ajtai Aug 11 '10 at 23:18
@Peter, no I meant that I usually wouldn't vote for an average post except in the reciprocal case that the questioner was asking about. – Lance Roberts Aug 11 '10 at 23:23
Oh. Got it. I completely misunderstood the sentence. Thanks. – Peter Ajtai Aug 11 '10 at 23:56

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