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, 2013 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, 2013 at 9:35
  • Sure. Your point being?
    – Bart
    Oct 25, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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.


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.


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?


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, 2013 at 12:41

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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