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Sometimes I answer questions that are kind of OK, neither bad enough to downvote, nor good enough to upvote (although they probably could become good ones with edits).

Per answers to Should I upvote "bad" questions? seems that I'm doing the right thing. But on the other hand comments to my recent question here Are people shy to use upvotes? suggest, that I shouldn't expect answers to be accepted or upvoted if I "don't participate" by upvoting the question.

Should I really upvote the question just because I think it's worth my time to answer it?

  • P.s. my comment on your other question was not meant as a "you should have voted yourself", but rather a "you didn't find anything to vote on. What caused that and might that explain why other users would have skipped as well". – Bart Oct 25 '13 at 9:23
  • @Bart: I have seens tons of questions that don't get upvoted, yet have highly upvoted answers. I've even seen downvoted questions with highly upvoted answers. – vartec Oct 25 '13 at 9:35
  • Sure. Your point being? – Bart Oct 25 '13 at 9:36
  • @Bart: my point being that there isn't that strict relation between quality of the question and the exposure it gets. – vartec Oct 25 '13 at 9:44
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    "Are people shy to use upvotes?" is a ridiculous question. People are much too generous with upvotes on awful questions. – Wooble Oct 25 '13 at 10:15
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I think there is no correlation between votes and providing an answer to a question. Some people create such by only answering questions they find interesting (thus by definition deserving an upvote), but I can remember answering questions without voting or even downvoting (though I'll more likely leave a comment if I think it's a poor question).

Bottom line: voting is entirely up to your discretion, do as you see fit as long as it doesn't qualify as vote-fraud.

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You are entirely free to vote as you see fit. If you think the question is particularly good, vote it up. If you think it's a reasonable question, deserves to be on the site, and deserves an answer but no upvote, so be it. This is entirely up to you.

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There is nothing you should do. It is totally up to you.

If you think it's worth an upvote then upvote. If not then don't.

I absolutely don't upvote all questions I answer.

Voting is a personal issue. It's like asking: Should I like this question?

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When upvoting, I always ask myself: is that a question that others may find helpful and useful? Is it clear and understandable to many (if not all)?

Many of questions I answer are of that type but definitely not all of them. Some are beginners' questions that are poor quality. I answer them to help someone but they should not be examples for others to learn from.

But you may have different criteria, it's up to you.

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    Agree!! I also take it, that should someone else have the same problem, would he be able to understand the question and answer and will it provide him with a solution. – StBlade Oct 25 '13 at 12:41
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I tend to vote on all questions I answer. It's not always an upvote, but I rarely leave the question without any vote.

Since I decided to answer the question it means that I have read it, understood it, and can with a good chance determine whether he had shown research effort and the question is useful and clear, which is the text for the upvote button.

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