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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?

  • Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/515/…
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Mar 17, 2010 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
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 0:41

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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
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 0:16
  • Does that mean that all their answers are good?
    – user135501
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 2:21
  • @partial: Definitely not, but I would expect a high proportion of them to be. Commented Mar 18, 2010 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
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 22:49
  • @Ether This was a comment on it, not actual fanboyism
    – Macha
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 23:28
  • +1 for mentioning Jon Skeet
    – DVK
    Commented Mar 22, 2010 at 1:02

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