To an outsider, the vote stats section in the profile page:

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suggests that this is the number of votes received.

It's usually not really important, but in a careers context, one wouldn't want a potential employer to see this and think, "what? The guy got 1500 downvotes?"

Please clarify the wording to something like

Votes cast

This has a duplicate here but the question, and the answers, have derailed into a discussion about getting downvoted.

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Possibly stupid alternative: "Voting" –  NickC Apr 30 '11 at 17:57
    
This seems to have been implemented, and will probably show up in the next build. Thanks! –  Pëkka May 1 '11 at 8:14
    
I see "status-completed" here, which is fine, but I just saw "1 Votes Cast" on my webapps.se profile, which is poor English. –  Philip Durbin Aug 12 '11 at 1:17
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up vote 18 down vote accepted

When I first started using StackOverflow, the votes section was really confusing, especially the arrows by the numbers even though I saw them next to the answers. I did not figure it out until I had the rep to vote and realized what it was. But adding "cast" to the end would really help make it clearer.

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And then until recently the down arrow for the cast up-votes showed a hand cursor while hovering, possibly fooling folks into thinking clicking would have some effect. ;-) –  Arjan Apr 20 '11 at 12:52
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If you look at the whole ting and think about it you realize that it's only what the user have done. So my suggestion that it might get a headline saying:

Actions by user

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This is a good idea as well, but I think "votes" is the only thing where it's really misleading. –  Pëkka May 1 '11 at 8:13
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