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There have been a discussion on why people answering a question don't upvote the question, and why some questions with 0 upvotes have answers with many upvotes. What do people think about the following idea: if an answer gets an upvote, half of the vote (1/4? 1/10?) goes to the question?

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Do you ever not upvote a question that you answer?
Why not just make answer up-votes contribute to the votes of the question? [closed]

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If an answer gets voted down, shall we also deduct points from the question? –  PengOne Jun 18 '11 at 17:57
    
Doesn't look right to me. I'd rather agree that answers may be "bad", but questions are almost never "bad". –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 18:05
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How long have you been using SO Leo? Have you really never read a bad question? To me, a question is "bad" if I can plug it into google and find the answer on the first page (lazy asker) or if there is no way to tell what the question is asking because it is too vague. These are just 2 examples. –  PengOne Jun 18 '11 at 18:10
    
You are coming to a lawyer, pay $50 and ask a question. The lawyer says: "Check out such and such book, you lazy guy". Or "This question is too vague, you dummy". Is it fair? –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 18:16
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@Leo: No one pays to participate in SO. Also, have you read the FAQ about what questions should be asked here? This analogy is completely inappropriate. –  PengOne Jun 18 '11 at 18:20
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The point is that you seek help but got turned down. And on SO you pay with your reputation points. –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 18:22
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Terrible idea. Often times I see a good answer to a bad question, and I upvote the answer to support the user who actually tried to parse a terrible question and deliver a reasonable answer.

The quality of an answer is in no way correlated with the quality of the question.

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What about those questions that are not "bad"? –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 17:44
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@Leo: If the question is good, I vote it up. If it's terrible, I may vote it down. This has nothing whatsoever to do with answers. –  PengOne Jun 18 '11 at 17:47
    
No question => no answer => no points for the answer. –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 17:52
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Same "logic" gives: No SO => no points for anyone => every question/answer should generate rep for Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky –  PengOne Jun 18 '11 at 17:53
    
I don't know. Probably I'm not happy with the notation of "bad" questions and the fact that people earn points answering "bad" questions. –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 17:58
    
Do people think the following is fair: if the question is "bad" (has negative score) then answers to this question may not earn points? –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 18:53
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@Leo: My last comment on this issue is this. _The reputation system is designed to encourage "good" behavior._ Really bad questions get closed and/or deleted, which in effect disallows reputation gain from answers to those questions. I think that's a good thing. They clutter the web and this site, and so it's the opposite of helpful to have them around. –  PengOne Jun 18 '11 at 18:58
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Votes on Questions and Answers, while they have some things in common, also have distinct reasons for votes. We wouldn't want to make any assumptions on what reason the answer voter was voting for that answer and apply it to question.

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Yes, but a person who scored points on answering the question did so because the question had been asked, right? No questions => no points scored on answers. –  Leo Jun 18 '11 at 17:50
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I hate this idea. Usually, I will upvote a question if I take the trouble to answer it. However, I know I've answered questions (including this one) that I've also downvoted. I've also come across questions where people have answered them and voted to close the question. Sometimes you come across questions that you feel motivated to answer, for one reason or another, but that doesn't make them a good question, or mean that the question belongs. With the current system it's possible to acknowledge that whilst still trying to help the OP. With your idea, I'd be discouraged from trying to help because any upvotes on answers could make it look the the question belonged...

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As stated, this is a bad idea since there's no correlation between a good question and a good answer. However, I think that an alert on top of the page or something making it much easier to upvote the question would be nice.

The reason for this: once you've found what you want, you rarely go back to thank all the people who got you there, like the OP. This is why perfectly good questions are not upvoted when their perfectly good answers are. An alert at the top of the site ("Upvote the question too? Yes or Dismiss") would be the beginning of an okay idea, I think.

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