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My rule of thumb has been that if it was worth my time to read it (from a knowledge pov) then it's worth an up vote. I think this puts me on the generous side of voting. The voting guidelines suggest voting up questions and answers that are "especially useful", but I find I tend to vote for Q&A that are "somewhat useful". Though I've never come anywhere near the 30 vote/day cap.

What other rules of thumb should or do people use? For example

  1. Is it fair to say that if you accept an answer then you should vote it up?
  2. If you learned something useful from answering a question, then you should vote up the question? Even if it was badly written, or a "dumb" question.
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Sheez! Don't make me ask about down voting etiquette :) – mjhm Nov 20 '10 at 14:33
people downvote pretty liberally on meta. Don't take it personally. I'll do you a solid and cancel that one out for you :) – user27414 Nov 20 '10 at 14:35
@Jon B. Thanks. This is fun isn't it? – mjhm Nov 20 '10 at 14:46
@Shog9 -- Ouch -- Thank you, sir. May I have another? – mjhm Nov 21 '10 at 1:33
possible duplicate of When should I vote? – ben is uǝq backwards Oct 28 '12 at 0:09
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Voting is 100% at your discretion. Do whatever seems right to you.

Personally, I upvote questions if I say "Ooh! Good question" when I read it. And I upvote answers when I think they are right or particularly helpful. I also always upvote the answer I accept, but that is certainly not required.

If there were more rigid guidelines, then we wouldn't need voting at all. This is basically how you can express your opinion about posts. So do whatever you think is right.

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