The two questions are:
The first one is the new one. The second one is an old one which I answered 6 weeks ago. These questions are very similar. The answers are identical for sure: same reason, same spec citation.
(Note that I voted it as a duplicate, though please don't factor that in to my question here. That's not what I'm asking about and I'm not posting this question to try to draw attention to that.)
What I'm wondering about is the up vote discrepancy: the new one has about twice as many votes, has made it in to the hot questions, where the old one took quite a few weeks to accumulate the votes it did.
Basically I don't see any difference in quality between these two question and answer sets. The only difference I see is the amount of reputation of the users involved. Is that it? Or is there some other reason?
I'm just trying to understand it. As a new user this type of thing is very ambiguous. These situations happen all the time obviously but this one hit closer to home since the old question holds my top-voted answer at the moment. I've been trying to improve and I can't tell if there is some kind of feedback I can infer from this or not.
If I am right that it's just a rep difference I am OK with this kind of inequality but it's a little frustrating.