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Senior Members Stealing Answers and Out-voting
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, Lance Roberts, ChrisF, Tyler Carter Mar 18 '10 at 0:16

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  • Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/515/… – Adam Davis Mar 17 '10 at 23:31
  • @partial the problem is that it would take the senior members to institute such a change. Too much emphasis is put on the number next to their name and less on the quality of their answer. – Locutus Mar 18 '10 at 0:41

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 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

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.


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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