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Please Stop the 'questions need votes too' pop-up, it's becoming VERY annoying

Recently every time I vote on an answer at meta.math, I get a yellow pop-up saying that I have only been voting on answers recently, and questions should be voted on to.

Generally I do not object to such gentle reminders. I agree that telling people to vote more on questions/answers will promote healthier voting habits.

But does the pop-up really need to come up every single time I vote? If I ignored a pop-up just 10 seconds ago, chances are I'll ignore it again now! Having nag-screen/pop-ups come up too often will just train the users to ignore them.

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    As soon as you vote on a question, you will have tranquility for about 15 answer votes (if I remember right). Jul 4, 2011 at 0:50
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    +1 This especially irritates me since about 45% of my lifetime votes are on questions. If I happen to spend a day mostly voting on answers, I don't need to be reminded about question votes with every one cast.
    – jscs
    Jul 4, 2011 at 2:54
  • Do you ever, you know, vote on questions? I still haven't seen this pop-up yet. Jul 4, 2011 at 8:09
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    @Cody: my vote breakdown for meta.math is 93 questions, 243 answers. That is much much higher than the 1:15 mentioned in @Paulo's comment. Like Josh said, the algorithm does not seem to be based on long-term trends! Jul 4, 2011 at 10:04

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This is intended to be a tiny bit annoying, and voting on questions is quite painless.

However, I can see your point, and I'm a big fan of intermittent, variable reinforcement, so …

var r = new Random();
if (r.Next(0, 2) == 0)
    message = "you haven't voted on questions in a while;<br>questions need votes too!";

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