My reputation in StackOverflow is among the top 1% of users. I'm not as active as I used to be, but I still come back to the site from time to time. Unfortunately, I find that when I do return, I get a message "Welcome back, you can upvote!" To be frank, this reminds me of the paperclip on Word 98. I am well aware that I can upvote (or edit comments, or delete posts, or downvote, or undelete posts, or flag, or... pretty much everything)

If reputation could we either get rid of the message entirely or at least get rid of the "you can vote" part of the message?

While I'm at it, I would also appreciate it if a high rep level meant that I could skip the "You've down voted someone! Please add a suggestion to try to make it better." Once again, I am more than aware how the system works, I do not need JavaScript annoying me about it.

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    I haven't seen either of those messages since I broke the 1K threshold. Do you have any screenshots of when this happened?
    – Makoto
    Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 20:38
  • Do you mean "Welcome back [username], you've been logged in. Click here to refresh the page." (screenshot)?
    – Rob W
    Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 20:44
  • @RobW No. I mean I've gotten "Don't forget you can vote for this." Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 20:47
  • @Makoto I will try to remember to get a screen shot next time. Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 20:47

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It's not really there to remind you that you can vote. It's there to remind you that you should vote. IIRC, the rationale was that folks coming in from searching who aren't using the site otherwise tend to be in a hurry (understandably) and often do forget to vote when they find something helpful. The rules for displaying it can be found here: Disable "don't forget to vote" message

The down-vote message already works as you describe - you shouldn't see it once you've passed 2,000 reputation points.

  • I must have been using a different account for the down-vote message. Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 5:03
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    FWIW, in the two+ years since I wrote this, that message has repeatedly shamed me upon returning to a question that has helped me yet which I hadn't upvoted.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 20:47

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