In this question, a number of people have commented that they do not regularly hit the maximum of 30 up or down votes per day. This leads me to wondering: how many people do hit the limit per day on average?

It would be nice to have a graph of this average over time for at least Stack Overflow. I suspect that the average is different from the average when the "Why are there voting limits?" question was first asked in 2008.

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    I don't think there's enough info in, say, Stexdex, since at that point votes have already been anonymized. You can do simple daily average calcs and stuff, though. – polygenelubricants Jun 22 '10 at 16:06
  • I hit often!... – nawfal Oct 6 '11 at 6:27

Currently, the only way this data could be obtained is through querying the live database (i.e., it's not possible for us regular users).

The voting information is anonymized in any public-facing data export (including the data dump and in turn Data Explorer), meaning that you can't see which votes are attributed to which user. (Favorite votes are attributed to users publicly, but will be in Data Explorer only when this feature request gets completed.)

That being said, I think it would be an interesting stat to find out. Most likely, the current voting limit is already tuned based on this information.


I only hit the vote limit on SO once, when I went into one of the retro community wiki poll questions with hundreds of posts and up- or down-voted lots of entries. The introduction of the Electorate badge resulted in me never doing that sort of thing again.

On meta, I often hit the vote limit through comments, if there is some sort of controversy that day that elicits dozens of comments*. However I never reach it on questions/answers, unless again there is something really eventful happening that day.

*like for instance, someone getting banned, or a new feature is suddenly launched without any community discussion. You know, those questions.

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