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Does the voting icon appearing in front of every question and answer belongs to the user who posted that, or to the question or particular answer itself?

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Would it be cliché to say that the only dumb question is the one you don't ask? Probably... –  Marc Gravell Jul 20 '09 at 12:39
    
...also incorrect. I mean, there's all the dumb questions i ask, for starters... –  Shog9 Jul 20 '09 at 14:09
    
Too many "to's" in the question. –  Nosredna Jul 20 '09 at 15:00
    
Not enough punctuation either. –  Jeff Yates Jul 20 '09 at 18:04

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The votes apply to the specific question or answer that it is next to.

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If you check the http://stackoverflow.com/faq, it explains..

Here's how it works: if you post a good question or helpful answer, it will be voted up by your peers: you gain 10 reputation points. If you post something that's off topic or incorrect, it will be voted down: you lose 2 reputation points. You can earn up to 200 reputation per day, but no more. (Note that votes for any posts marked "community wiki" do not generate reputation.)

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that 200 rep per day limit does not count bounties won or accepted answers won after the rep limit was reached –  TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 12:28
    
so what does this infers? voting is done for user or for question/answers ? –  user131189 Jul 20 '09 at 12:53
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Voting is applied to questions/answers, but the reputation goes to the user who originally posted the question or answer. –  Jon Skeet Jul 20 '09 at 13:02

The voting icon on a question represents voting for the question.

The voting icon on each particular answer represents voting for the answer.

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well i m still confused.. then how does user gets it reputation? i mean where do u vote for the user? –  user131189 Jul 20 '09 at 12:18
    
Reputation is the total score you get from up and down votes (and other bonuses) for questions and answers. –  TheTXI Jul 20 '09 at 12:27

The up/down vote arrows are for scoring the question or answer they are next to.

Reputation gain/loss from clicking the arrows applies to the user who created that question/answer.

Only exception is Community Wiki questions or answers, where no one gains or loses any reputation., but the arrows are still for scoring that specific post.

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