I noticed that two of my questions received a number of upvotes today. At first, I thought perhaps they became active for some reason (edited, etc.) but I found out that neither of them had any recent activity. I mean, don't get me wrong; I'm not complaining; I just don't understand why they would receive those sudden upvotes.

  • The first question was last active 24 days ago. It just received 3 new upvotes (+27%).
  • The second question was last active 5 days ago. It received 10 new upvotes (+333%).

What's even more strange is that, because of Winter Bash, the home page is filled with posts about hats. So, I would expect the other/older posts to have less attention than usual.

Has anyone else experienced something similar? Is there a reason for those sudden upvotes? Maybe some people have extra free time because of the holiday season so they're checking older posts? Or am I just overthinking this?

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    They might've been shared somewhere (chat, perhaps)? But unless the culprit steps forward, you'll never know ;)
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Dec 16, 2020 at 7:35
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    It's probably people hunting for hats. This period has a knack of bumping up votes, flags, edits on old questions/answers. I wouldn't worry about it.
    – user960635
    Dec 16, 2020 at 7:35

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Both questions:

are s; it might be that users are hunting for hats, in particular I wish to subscribe:

Upvote 3 questions with the [feature-request] tag on Meta Stack Exchange

  • Ah, that makes sense. I should probably hurry up and turn this post into a [feature-request] too then :-P
    – 41686d6564
    Dec 16, 2020 at 7:39

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