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Why is there no possibility to make upvotes onymously? Seeing positive votes from credible other members would highly increase transparency and trust in answers.

Has anything like that been tried out so far?

What strong opinions are against such an option? Why not even make such behavior default?

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Feel free to comment your upvotes. Don't bother anyone, who does not want to do it. If you do not understand the value of anonymous voting, I suggest a foundation course in democracy. – Ladybug Killer Jun 18 '11 at 10:33
I fail to see the benefits of a "+1" comment. Secondly I don't think pros for anonymous voting in a democratic election really apply to SO! – dcn Jun 18 '11 at 10:49
@dcn Why don't they apply to SO? (not trying to open up a huge discussion, but I'm curious) – jonsca Jun 18 '11 at 11:18
Voting on meta has a different meaning (despite the tooltip): it’s more like agree/disagree as opposed to useful/not useful. The vote count of your question, as of now, indicates that most voters disagree with your question. – Bavarious Jun 18 '11 at 11:19
@jonasca: because SO is not about casting opinions on philosophies (and therefore no need to protect peoples' believes/hopes...) but about objectivity/facts. – dcn Jun 18 '11 at 11:26
@dcn People vote very differently when they know someone's watching. It wouldn't necessarily be an accurate picture of what people think, and could be colored by how they want to be perceived. – jonsca Jun 18 '11 at 12:44
Agreed, but in the case of SO this arguably can be a positive effect (after all, it is about technical reputation). However being able to "anonymously mark information as being accurate" and without any possible negative consequences of doing so (maybe even for your own benefit), seems not to aid objectivity. – dcn Jun 18 '11 at 12:59
@dcn It's a positive effect when people vote based on what other people are saying, rather than their with the technical expertise or conscience? Objectivity doesn't play into it as much as you think, unless you have a hard and fast set of rules that you vote by each time. There's always going to be a "go with your gut" type moment from time to time. – jonsca Jun 18 '11 at 13:07
On stackoverflow, I occasionally see downvoting happening because people dont like the question. Downvoting should only be done if the question is objectively bad(credit to @dcn) like poorly communicating ideas or because the person hasnt done adequate research before asking or because the question is being asked in the wrong plaace. – Jay Jay Jay May 3 '13 at 17:39

"Seeing positive votes from credible SO members" might lead people to the opposite conclusion — that the absence of those votes was a sign of disapproval.

The potential abuses of non-anonymous voting are too great to imagine.

We don't want to go there.

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While I agree that anonymous votes are a bad idea, "the potential problems are too great to imagine" is not a good rationale. Imagine them and then explain why they're bad. – endolith May 15 '12 at 16:35

You should judge a post by the content and any available relevant facts, NOT by who supports it.

The former is science. The latter becomes politics and then religion.

We want better technical answers, so posts should stand on their own merits, as much as possible.

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Why would 'any available facts' not include the identity but only the pure number of supporters? For example: the PageRank algorithm precisely reflects this idea that not the number of links to a page is relevant in how important a webpage is. – dcn Jun 18 '11 at 10:52
Yes, I suppose who voted for a question is a "fact". It is not a relevant fact. Nobody, outside Google, knows what the pagerank algorithm is anymore. We only know that Google results are increasingly useless for all but trivial searches. It's apples and oranges, anyway. And, When you search, you do not know where a page's rank came from. – Awesome Poodles Jun 18 '11 at 11:04
Often voters are biased by the amount of votes the answer has already received, too, instead of the accuracy of the answer itself. I think the vote count should be hidden during the initial rush of answering, to encourage more objectivity and reduce the bandwagon effect. – endolith May 14 '12 at 21:57
@Awesome-Poodles This is pretty late but your analogy seems flawed because google search engines uses ranking without reasons/comments because reasons are not available. If reasons were available and they were reliable I am 100% sure google would use them as well. – Jay Jay Jay May 3 '13 at 17:43

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