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The Problem with Reputation: Does High Reputation Attract Too Many ‘Up-Votes’?

Is it possible that users up-vote other users more simply because a person has a higher reputation? If this is the case, should there be certain measures applied to counteract this, or to inform users?

marked as duplicate by juan, Adam Davis 'ze-zir-zem', Lance Roberts, ChrisF, Tyler Carter Mar 18 '10 at 0:16

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I think you may be putting the effect before the cause. Users get high reputation by giving lots of good answers. Don't be surprised when a user who has demonstrated a pattern of leaving good answers gets lots of upvotes for continuing that pattern.

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    +1 because you have the most rep of everyone who answered this question. ;-P – Adam Davis 'ze-zir-zem' Mar 18 '10 at 0:16
  • Does that mean that all their answers are good? – user135501 Mar 18 '10 at 2:21
  • @partial: Definitely not, but I would expect a high proportion of them to be. – Bill the Lizard Mar 18 '10 at 2:32
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We should educate those coming in, that the purpose of voting is to rate the answer or question. Actually, I think this is already in the FAQ. Education is the key.

You might come up with a modification of the FAQ that would help explain this better.

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Yes, but not at a large enough level to worry about. Except on Meta where Jon Skeet gets upvotes just for being Jon Skeet at this stage. But meta rep means nothing anyway.

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    The Jon Skeet fanboyism is getting really old. – Ether Mar 18 '10 at 22:49
  • @Ether This was a comment on it, not actual fanboyism – Macha Mar 18 '10 at 23:28
  • +1 for mentioning Jon Skeet – DVK Mar 22 '10 at 1:02

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