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Currently, the SE engine detects a few situations and suggests actions to the user. For example, I remember that...

  • if you upvote an answer on your own question, it suggests to mark this answer as accepted.
  • if you downvote an answer, it suggests to explain the reason for downvoting in the comments.

I notice that I often forget to upvote actually good questions. Is my workflow just messed up? When reading a good answer, I intuitively feel the urge to vote it up. However, with questions, I often want to see in what directions the answers are going first.
There's also the effect that sometimes an excellent answer will make me realize that a question was more than just mediocre. Good answers upvalue the question, too.

To the point: my suggestion is that the engine detects client-side if a user has scrolled all the way to the bottom (or 75%?) and stayed on the page for a certain minimum time. It then asks the user if he maybe wants to upvote the question, too. The idea is that if it captured you enough to read the whole page, the question must obviously be quite good.

The counter-argument is probably that it's questionable whether question upvoting needs to be encouraged. If questions are upvoted enough (except by me ;)), then this is probably effort with no benefit.

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-1 because I would find this annoying. I don't vote on that many questions in either direction. – Pops Dec 9 '10 at 19:52
How about: -1 because I would find this annoying. Whether I vote or not it would piss me off gradually till I no longer felt like contributing. But thanks anyways. – jcolebrand Dec 9 '10 at 20:00
Stop being silly: reading the whole question does not imply that I found it "helpful". – dmckee Dec 9 '10 at 20:40

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Your heuristics seem fairly invalid. I've upvoted questions without scrolling all the way down the page, and scrolling all the way down might just be because the user wants to answer; poor questions still get answers. If the user is on the page for a certain length of time, either they're writing an answer to the question or the question is so confusing they're still trying to parse it. I vote on questions as I finish them, before I've started reading the answers

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Additionally consider deep linked questions which might start you off at 3/4 or more of the page – jcolebrand Dec 9 '10 at 20:01

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