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I know this is a bit subjective, but I've been thinking and it seems obvious when to up or down vote an answer. But what about the question? I mean, some questions are purely self serving and don't really add anything to the community. On the other hand some questions help others, make you think, etc.

I am wondering if there is a generic standard for upvoting questions?

TIA

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Someone downvote this for me since I've already spent 30 downvotes today. –  XMLbog Nov 5 '10 at 21:12
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Have you tried hovering the mouse pointer over the arrows? The tooltips are quite helpful. –  ЯegDwight Nov 5 '10 at 21:12
    
By the way the answer to your question is vote however you want, you thoughtless person you. –  XMLbog Nov 5 '10 at 21:13
    
Thinking for myself is hard so I'll ask Meta to think for me instead. –  XMLbog Nov 5 '10 at 21:14
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Start with here to know why one should vote on questions. Then, check out here for reasons to downvote questions. Cross validate the contradiction of the second with the results of the first and you'll see why you should upvote. You might also consider reading the negation of this one. –  Grace Note Nov 5 '10 at 21:14
    
Or just encourage him to think, Grace. Damn it. –  XMLbog Nov 5 '10 at 21:15
    
@Sid I did think about linking this one, which basically summarizes as "Upvote what you think should be upvoted". But... it was answers. –  Grace Note Nov 5 '10 at 21:18
    
I think a better question is why do unclear and not useful questions get upvoted and useful and clear questions stay at 0 votes? –  Jason Berkan Nov 5 '10 at 21:26
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@Sid - Terrible attitude! Your comments contradict the spirit of SO IMHO. –  javamonkey79 Nov 5 '10 at 21:30
    
@Grace, thanks - that's helpful. –  javamonkey79 Nov 5 '10 at 21:31
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@java - this is a long standing Welbog pet peeve: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/58931/… –  user27414 Nov 5 '10 at 21:33
    
@Sid, I'd like to add that like a troll you use argumentum ad hominem. –  javamonkey79 Nov 5 '10 at 21:35
    
@Jon - I get his point, but IMO he has no right to insult me for asking a question as this regardless of how he feels about it. That right there is blatantly opposite of how the exchange should operate. "Don't like what someone asks" - call em stupid! That'll encourage them to contribute. Jeeze. –  javamonkey79 Nov 5 '10 at 21:39
    
You guys aren't nearly witty enough. No one has voted (up or down) this question, as far as I can see. –  Christian Mann Nov 5 '10 at 22:23
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Asking questions on MSO about how to apply SO-powers is a good and healthy thing. Sid Meier is an idiotic, pancake eating Canadian who wouldn't know how to think for himself if you hit him in the face with it. And he's funny looking. –  user27414 Nov 5 '10 at 23:09
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The tooltip on the upvote arrow is:

This question is useful and clear

Downvote:

This question is unclear or not useful

I think that sums it up perfectly.

Personally, I upvote questions when I say to myself "ooh! good question". And I downvote when I think the OP is wasting SO's time.

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This answer is useful (click again to undo) –  Jarrod Dixon Nov 7 '10 at 6:59
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I know I'm being bitter, but as a recipient of the Unsung Hero badge, I wait until an answer gets accepted and upvoted before upvoting the question. Basically, it is an acknowledgement that the question asker knows how to play the game.

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Ha, that's a funny point. Though, I used to think that way - in general if it's somewhat insightful I'll still upvote it. –  javamonkey79 Nov 5 '10 at 21:54
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