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Peer voting on questions and answers gives users most of their reputation, and also usually controls how posts are sorted to the top.

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Why is my downvote hidden? [duplicate]

Just got the following banner: What is this, and what does it mean, and why?
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“Your vote has been recorded and it affects this post’s ranking ” - Stack Overflow's new message about downvoting a question [duplicate]

Thanks for your vote! Your vote has been recorded and it affects this post’s ranking. Since this post’s score is below -1, your vote will not be displayed. Please consider adding a comment if you ...
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Canned reasons for up/down vote (w/ example of how it would work)

I'm annoyed by down voters that don't explain why they down voted a question or an answer. Although, at the same time, I understand that they want to remain anonymous. I think there is a middle ground,...
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Should there be anonymous answers (and questions)?

The question by Joel on Logo got me thinking. This has been raised on UserVoice, but has been declined. Would someone with lesser rep or a less famous name have received the same number of votes/...
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Why not reward blind voting?

Surveys preferably conceal their results to remove response bias. Blind survey votes naturally induce trust, we should embrace that reality. Here is a partial list of the biases blind votes ...
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One should lose reputation per downvote

One should lose reputation points every time they downvote a post.
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The Exact Use Of Question Upvotes And A Suggestion On Question Downvotes

I was wondering why there is question upvotes. The obvious reason would be that the question is useful, clear, and has a positive impact towards the community. Also, the question asker has researched ...
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The rich get richer phenomenon in stackexchange communities [duplicate]

I've noticed that when two or more answers are provided to a question, people's votes tend to gravitate toward the answer posted by the person with higher reputation. I've observed this "rich get ...
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Why is voting prevented on locked posts? [duplicate]

I can totally see why content coming in, unfortunately, sometimes, is really getting out of control. Like here An Update to our Community and an Apology or there (or not right now, but maybe again in ...
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What is the optimal way to upvote answers? [closed]

Normally I just start reading from the oldest and upvote if I find something useful. A good example is - How to determine a Python variable's type? The first answer essentially says to use type(v). ...
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Does downvoting an answer on Meta cost rep now? [duplicate]

I recently (an hour or so ago) downvoted this answer (which had been at a score of 0 before my downvote, in case that's relevant), and I saw my Meta.SE rep go from 101 to 100 (and got a notification ...
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Encouraging people to explain downvotes

I used to get "upset" (though that is too strong a term) when I got downvoted without comment. If my answer isn't good enough then I'd like to know why. Not only does it improve the answer for the OP ...
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Upvote is shown as registered in an offline state while not being actually cast

Chain of events will make the title clear: I was reading an answer on Ask Different and upvoted it. The upvote was shown but a banner came "An error has occurred - please retry your request." I ...
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Remove downvotes [duplicate]

After a certain amount of time that I'm using SO for work, I'm arrived at conclusion that downvotes are the real reason why SO is considered "harsh" and "unfriendly" in the "outer world". So I don't ...
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Is a downvote legitimate if the voter's lack of knowledge is what makes the question unclear? [duplicate]

If a question is unclear to a person on this site, but is actually a well formed, concise question to someone with the correct background knowledge - would the person who doesn't understand still be ...
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Can we get Stack Exchange voting data updates?

During some discussion, a very kind user linked me to this since I was combing trough SO(comp)/SE trying to familiarise myself with this website and data it provides. What I am interested in are ...
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What is the reason behind not gaining reputation for a user when upvoting, but removing reputation when a user downvotes?

I am trying to familiarise myself with SO (company)/SE, reading posts such as "What is reputation?", "How does reputation works?", "Decrease of reputation on downvote?", etc. I've split voting ...
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Can we have a drop-down menu for “Featured on Meta”?

UPDATE (02/09/2019) It has been over 26 32 days since Congratulations to our 29 oldest beta sites - They're now no longer beta! appeared on Featured on Meta. The news was great, 99% of users who ...
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What limits should we place on automated voting?

This has come up a few times now in moderator circles, but with the exception of Andy's Robot there hasn't been a lot of public discussion that's applicable. That feels kinda negligent to me, so... ...
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View date of my votes on questions and answers [duplicate]

Oftentimes, I search for a solution to a question and land on a link where I have already voted on a question and/or answer. I would find it helpful to see when I put a vote in so that I can tell when ...
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Feedback notice should say “downvotes” rather than “votes”

Voting up needs 15 reputation, voting down needs 125 reputation. If a user with enough reputation to upvote but not to downvote attempts to downvote, they are presented with the message: Thanks ...
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I do not feel like I am “winning” when I am voting

Today I worked hard to reach the vote cap on meta. You see, I happen to know that at 30 votes I get a new wonderful message. I was totally amped-up to get it, and set out on the adventure. So I ...
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Replace “You already voted to close …” after retracting vote

After retracting a close vote, the close dialog says You have already voted to close this question. But this statement is false as we retracted our vote, we are no longer able to vote again and our ...
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Unupvote loses you more rep than downvote

User A has 5 reputation. User A posts an answer and receives: upvote +10 then unupvote -10 rep = 5 (neutral feedback) upvote + 10 then downvote -2 rep = 13 (negative feedback) How come user A ...
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New way of displaying votes in user profile

Is it only me (for example because I reached some rep., got some badge...) or did you also mentioned new votes counts in user profile ? If it is new staff do you like it ? I personally appreciate ...
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Why do votes get locked?

I downvoted a question and now really can't say why, so I wanted to remove my downvote. However, I get the message: You last voted on this question yesterday Your vote is now locked in unless ...
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Populate the “UserId” field in “Votes” for Answer Accepts in SEDE

In the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), votes are not recorded with the user that cast them, for privacy reasons, except in cases of bounties and favorite votes. However, for answer accept votes ...
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Change the official criterion for downvoting to exclude causes for closing

At the moment, it is suggested to users that they should downvote if This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful This is a pretty lax criterion. Also, it overlaps ...
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How much bias is there in voting?

There seem to be two large possible sources of bias, that is, things which could cause different voting on identical answers: we could be more likely to upvote answers for high-rep users, especially ...
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The descriptions on the vote buttons for answers should be updated to be as helpful as those for questions

The criteria for voting for questions is relatively clear, with the upvote and downvote buttons displaying: This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear. This question does not show ...
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Why is there a need to lock votes or isn't locking votes possibly contraproductive?

I find it a bit strange, that Stack Overflow is that restrictive at times and locks up/downvotes after some minutes have passed. Why is there a need to lock votes at all? Isn't it potentially contra ...
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Migration lets me vote twice on posts [duplicate]

I've noticed this before, but I didn't have enough data to tell if this is a repro, or if it was a one-off error. Yesterday, two questions (audio ads and jQuery CDN) were migrated here to MSE from ...
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Why Stack Exchange is no longer a fun place for learning and sharing knowledge, and how we can change this [closed]

I have been a longtime lurker on Stack Exchange, and enjoyed using it as a reference and learning tool. I am happy to see it grow, but I am increasingly worried about where it's going. Prompted by ...
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Should staff be allowed to vote, edit votes, and change sites?

I know this question isn't going to change company policy externally, much less internally, but I think it's very important that the community gets a voice in this. Should Stack Exchange staff be ...
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Accepting answer without upvoting?

Is there ever a case where you would want to accept an answer, but not upvote it? I can't think of a single situation where this would be the case.. So would it not make sense to have the "Accept" ...
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Add sort by “my votes”

In my daily routine I sometimes find myself re-visit questions I've already read. When there are multiple answers (and approaches to solve something), I remind myself what was my chosen answer in my ...
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Why aren't people voting for questions?

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 ...
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Vote up and posting hybrid answers [closed]

Since I only have 1 point so far, I cannot upvote any of the answers; none-the-less, I have made hybrid versions of dozens of answers from this site over the years. It would have been nice to ...
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Show links to helpful flags and votes cast while user is suspended or below 15 reputation

Occasionally, I see users get suspended, or even if I am suspended, the helpful flags and votes cast are hidden. This is due to suspension causing reputation to be locked at 1. It just says 1/15 ...
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Inconsistent popup notification colors

I have noticed that the popup notification, "daily vote limit reached" has different colors depending (I assume) on how close the user is to being able to vote again. For instance, a user got this ...
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Showing a “vote both the question and the answers up” banner on a locked question

The banner shown encouraging upvoting is redundant when the question is locked, as locking prevents voting on any of the answers or the question. (Answers can still be voted on, as pointed out in ...
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What should you learn to get good scores on your answers? [closed]

It is quite obvious that votes on Stack Overflow are not distributed equally. Depending on the topic a good (not great) answer might score between 0 and 20 votes. So, out of curiosity - which are the ...
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Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted

Currently, when a moderator deletes a user all of the user's votes are removed along with the user themselves. I was pretty surprised at this behaviour when I first heard about it, and I don't think ...
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Should we vote on answers? Why?

Honestly, I thought this was a stupid question until I interacted with another user on a particular question. The question is, should users vote on answers? If so, why? This other user claims to have ...
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Do we need an alternative channel for “feature requests”?

I shouldn't have to post my feature requests as a "Questions". They aren't questions. They don't need an "answer", they just need a "response". But the site treats them like a regular Q/A. If we ...
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Should I keep downvoting questions with answers that aren't accepted?

Sometimes people ask questions and never bother to follow up and accept the (obviously correct) answer. My solution is to downvote the question. Even if the question is good, they were too lazy to ...
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Change the message shown to registered users without enough reputation to vote to something less confusing

Currently, when a user with less than the required reputation needed to cast a vote on a post attempts to do so, they are shown this message: Thanks for the feedback! Votes cast by users with less ...
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Should downvoting (or points lost) have a lower limit per answer?

I saw this solution with -56 votes , and I thought it was a bit harsh. Once the answer is in negative territory, it's quite obvious the community doesn't support the answer... what is the driver for ...
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Will a downvote from a user below 125 give you reputation penalty (-2)?

Will a downvote from a user below 125 give you reputation penalty (-2)? I just want to know how it works. I tried to register a new account and downvoted on one of my answers. I didn't get the -2 ...
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Allow voting on tag synonyms from list of suggestions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add voting buttons to the tag synonym overview page The tag synonyms page has a list of suggested synonyms, so it's easy for users to see which synonyms are available to vote ...