I have only been on SE for a short while (and I really only find Stack Overflow relevant at all, all the other sister sites I've checked so far are very low quality).
What disturbs me on Stack Overflow and on other sites are how up-voting and down-voting work. Basically, to get a lot of up votes you need to do this:
Write a short summary that is somewhat correct. Highlight at least one word.
- Make a list
- Stating the same thing
- As the short summary
Maybe add an additional summary stating the same thing as the first one. Also add some very cheesy sample with
And if you have more than some K rep you will be up-voted 5 times in matter of minutes.
I wonder, is this some old guideline or what am I missing? Why do we need the lists to consider an answer worthy to up vote?
Personally I've stopped up-voting all answers following this pattern unless they really contribute to the question (when the answer was posted) just because I find them way too cheesy, am I breaking some guideline?