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Short of the question: Does it do any good to provide an up-vote if you have less than 15 reputation points? They are not displayed to help others identify answers that worked. Do they show up after I gain 15 reputation points?

Longer explanation

I have multiple stackexchange accounts but I only have over 15 reputation points in the one I use most. In that forum I am in the habit of giving up-votes when a question and/or answer has helped me, but I am not sure if it does any good elsewhere. Because of my work situation up-voting is my best method of giving back to the community - taking time to monitor the site for opportunities to answer questions isn't appropriate, though I do attempt to contribute when, by chance, I see an opportunity. I also rarely have a question that hasn't already been asked. Because of this my reputation grows very slowly.

So, when I find a question/answer in an Exchange forums where I have less than 15 reputation points it is frustrating to see the notification that my vote is counted but not posted; I wonder if my up-votes will ever contribute in any way. Do I just wait until I have 15 reputation points to vote? Or, when I reach that level in some distant future, will they suddenly start contributing, and help to guide later questioners to good answers?

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When you up vote with less than 15 rep (or down vote with less than 125), it is recorded as feedback.

If you work hard to earn at least 200 rep on one site, then you will get the association bonus, which will give you +100 rep to all your accounts.

The easiest way to earn reputation is giving good answers and it's another way to give back to the community. In my experience, Stack Overflow is a hard site to gain rep on, but I got my association bonus from answering there. You might also want to check out all the other sites in the Stack Exchange network; there are so many and you'll surely find another site that interests you.

See this help page for more information on rep.

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    I know I am not supposed to say this, but Thanks! I would up-vote you, but I only have 3 reputation points now. I see that I have asked a duplicate question (and I agree), but I don't know how anyone found it based on the different question titles. Thanks for pointing out the association bonus.
    – Shawn
    Mar 30, 2017 at 18:58

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