Should questions that are marked as duplicate have their upvotes (not the total votes) set to halve of the original post's upvotes, if the dupe's total votes is more than the original's?
For example; I ask a duplicate question (
A). My question (
A), gets a total of
200 upvotes and a total of
50 downvotes; so my post (
150 votes in total (upvotes - downvotes = total votes).
My question (
A) is a duplicate of post
B, which has a total of
150 upvotes and a total of
10 downvotes; so post
140 votes in total.
So if we were to implement this idea, my post (
A), would have
75 upvotes (halve of
B's upvotes), and
50 downvotes (same as before); giving my duplicate post a grand total of
25 votes instead of
This way the original post: will always have more upvotes than the duplicate (which, well, just looks more natural), will help keep duplicates "lower" in the community (if that makes sense) & will help to discourage users from posting duplicates.
Anyway, this is just a suggestion. What do you think? Would this be helpful?