While at least some answers from every question seem to have been up-voted as a "helpful" answer:
- about 49% of questions have score of 0 or 1.
- another 21% of questions have a score of 2.
Most questions seem to have an answer or two with score +5. Is it that we have a lot of fluff questions and not useful ones? Or perhaps it just seems more natural to vote for answers than questions? If we want the most useful info on Stack Overflow to filter to the top, how can this disparity be fixed?
I think this may cause real problems for people getting the badges which require +25 or +100 votes on questions.
I like a lot of the feedback I'm seeing. Two problems are highlighted:
- The work flow doesn't promote voting for questions the way it promotes voting for answers. One solution: when a user answers a question, the system should invite them to vote for the question. If someone cares enough to answer a question, then they care enough to vote for it as well.
- Users with less than 15 reputation cannot vote for questions or answers. Is this warranted? Maybe these users could provisionally vote for questions and answers and those ratings would only take effect when the user reaches 15 reputation?
All I ask is this. As you browse Stack Overflow, when you see a good question: vote for it.
If everyone does, then this problem will disappear.