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This is related to this question: How to give some boost to some really good answers that arrive late?, but I thought it warranted its own feature-request.

Something I've thought might be a good idea would be to give each user a small number of Supervotes per day. These would be worth several normal votes, would possibly cost some rep, and would be rationed to maybe 3 per day (as opposed to the 30(?) per day limit for normal votes).

Sometimes you see answers that are so good you want to upvote them really hard. This would be a way to do it.

(But it complicates the voting system and the UI, and probably isn't worth the costs. Discuss. 8-)

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I supervoted this suggestion down. –  XMLbog Jul 22 '09 at 12:29
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Welbog: I supervoted your new haircut down. –  TheTXI Jul 22 '09 at 12:35
    
You haven't even seen my haircut! –  XMLbog Jul 22 '09 at 12:39
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Welbog: Your description of it was enough to make me cry. –  TheTXI Jul 22 '09 at 12:46
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This is why we can't have nice things. –  Rob Allen Jul 22 '09 at 13:09
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@Rob Allen: No, I'm why we can't have nice things. –  Thomas Owens Jul 22 '09 at 19:26
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I think they want to keep these sites simple and to the point. This would be another layer of complexity. –  Troggy Jul 22 '09 at 19:30
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yes but then we'll need super-super votes. And super-super-MEGA votes. And then super-mega-zombie-vampire-poke votes. And then we're facebook and I kill myself. fin. –  Jeff Atwood Jul 23 '09 at 1:57
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I want to have these zombie-vampire votes. Sounds fun :-) And as zombie it doesn't matter if you kill yourself, Jeff. –  Ladybug Killer Jul 26 '09 at 13:24
    
@Jeff: Seriously though, it would be nice. Maybe only make it for 10K rep users. –  Dexter Nov 6 '09 at 1:41
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up vote 17 down vote accepted
  1. I think it would probably be too much complication to the voting system than many would like (even though I personally like the idea of being able to give a more valuable vote away).

  2. If this was even entertained, how would you differentiate the votes? Would it show up as a sudden +X or would there be a separate space to count supervotes? If there is not, the extra score may imply that more people are agreeing than there actually are, which can be misleading to many people. Edit: If we were to allow supervotes but not show them as separate votes, I would hope that they are still counted at +1 but the extra rep would not be shown and only displayed to the user in question. If a voter wants to state that they left one, that's fine

  3. I would like to say that if you are that intent on giving a supervote, the cost to cast must be equal to the actual cost of the vote. That would make it a direct exchange and would potentially limit any possible gaming from just trading away votes to each other to increase both accounts' rep.

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Definitely have it pull rep from the person casting the vote. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 22 '09 at 13:58
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No, if it's a really good answer, the community will decide by voting it up. The best answers will naturally gravitate to the top - so you don't need to worry :)

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Actually, the community often doesn't watch for answers that are already marked accepted. And maybe the first or second below that. So the answers that arrive late, however good they may be, are often buried somewhere on page ... –  ldigas Oct 2 '09 at 14:58
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I like how everyone on this website has the same voting weight for each question. You can vote once per question/answer and it has the same effect from a user with 15 rep vs 5000 rep. It keeps the community in balance to a degree.

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Balance is boring. –  Frank A. Krueger May 19 '10 at 21:35
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A better way to achieve this is to publicize the question. Tweet, blog, facebook or whatever, along with a comment like "terrific answer" and link directly to the answer rather than the question. If your followers in that other area care about the same areas as you, they'll probably at least read the question and the answer, and they'll arrive primed to upvote it. You might even get a badge from the announcer family.

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If you find an answer that deserves more repuation than its current votes have provided, and (per the question) you're willing to spend some of your own rep... then award a bounty. There's a reason tailor-made for this case: something like "one of the answers is deserving of an extra bonus".

Different vote types not only complicates the UI but break the "all votes are equal" principle that's pretty fundamental to Stack Exchange.

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I just upvote and append a comment about how good the answer really is. I leave it up to the community to take it from there. I think that's good enough, if not necessarily ideal.

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I think it should be present but costly, for example add only +1 vote, cost 20 rep, and only be available once per day.

BTW, if this feature just adds +1 as I'm suggesting, then perhaps it should be called "ExtraVote".

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I don't want to have to take the time to place a Supervote, adding that choice to every vote would considerably add to the time I take to process.

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i like this suggestion in its intent, but it could just be the ability to award a 'bonus' along with a single regular upvote

of course, this could result in the system being gamed...

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