I noticed a surge of 6 upvotes on an old answer of mine on stackoverflow.com over a weekend. This seems unusual, provided it was just a subjective survey question, so I'm curious to know how this happened. Did someone link to the question from a forum, causing a spike in upvoting to various answers? Did someone point out my answer specifically?

Googling "link:URL_to_question" returned no results.

Is there any other way to satisfy my curiosity?

  • Could you link the question? Sometimes knowing what the answer is specifically about tends to help think about what kind of situation would promote a gathering. Still won't help if it was linked via private email or chat correspondence, though.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 24, 2010 at 12:39
  • The question in question: stackoverflow.com/questions/500607/…
    – spoulson
    May 24, 2010 at 12:41
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    Ironically, posting a link here is likely to give you another boost of votes. May 24, 2010 at 15:10
  • @Simon, but that link to a specific answer is a bit of a dead end, as it's missing the #562679 fragment. ;-)
    – Arjan
    May 24, 2010 at 16:11
  • I'm a coder, not a pretentious SEO marketing consultant. But if you want to vote me up for better karma, I won't stop you...
    – spoulson
    May 24, 2010 at 17:19

2 Answers 2


Twitter, what else... ;-)

Looking back, things might have started at the Hacker News homepage, and from that three automatic (1, 2, 3) and one "Highly Influential" tweet, yielding more retweets and people bookmarking it at Delicious, resulting in a tweet by twitter.com/delicious50, ..., and that's still not the end to it.

And, seeing who posted that link at Hacker News, I guess Kai is your benefactor. ;-)

(And remember to append a + after bit.ly URLs to get more details.)

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    ...and browsing that Hacker News page, I feel it's a shame those people have not put their comments and other suggestions at the SO question!
    – Arjan
    May 24, 2010 at 16:27

You may want to check the "Linked" panel on the right from within the question, to see if your answer was cited in another question on Stack Overflow.

Linked http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/6163/lexical.jpg

  • slaps forehead Somehow I never noticed that section. Though, in my case the questions linked have had no recent activity, but it is a factor.
    – spoulson
    May 24, 2010 at 12:42
  • @spoulson: It was only added about a month ago :) meta.stackexchange.com/questions/48076/… May 24, 2010 at 12:44
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    @spoulson: However it doesn't seem to be the case for that question. Maybe someone linked to it from a blog or from some discussion board. You probably have to wait a few days until the link:URL_to_question returns results. May 24, 2010 at 12:47

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