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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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What are the limits on how I can cast, change, and retract votes?

What limits are there on how I can vote? How often can I vote? How do my votes become locked/unlocked? Return to FAQ index
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Implementing polls on meta sites [duplicate]

The following proposal is only for meta sites. Voting is binary — you can either agree or disagree. However, questions can have nuances that either make voting ambiguous, or insufficient. Rather than ...
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Completed review item does not show whether you voted or followed the post anymore

When you navigated back to a review queue item, at least in the First Posts queue, we used to be able to see whether we up- or downvoted, just like on the normal Q&A page. This is no longer the ...
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Disallow downvoting other answers if I've posted my own [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: The answer to tactical downvoting problem? As Dan Dyer mentioned in his comment on tactical downvoting, there is a conflict of interest when you have posted your own answer ...
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Does downvoting a community wiki question/answer erases 2 reputation from his/her account? [duplicate]

I have a few questions on hand: Can I downvote a community wiki post (never tried to do so)? If I can downvote (then): Does downvoting a community wiki post erases 2 reputation from that guy who ...
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Can there be an irrational response to a perfectly genuine question? [duplicate]

Once again, I find the irrational side of Stack Exchange - what I call irrational responses to perfectly genuine questions. Feature request: SE would be even better if users had to explain the reasons ...
222 votes
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Duplicated votes are being cleaned up

It was reported on MSO that it is possible for a user to upvote or downvote more than once on a single post (resulting in reputation changes for the author for each vote). After some data examination, ...
6 votes
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Inconsistent use of punctuation in newly introduced message on voting buttons

Inconsistent use of punctuation in newly introduced message on voting buttons: sometimes ends with a period, sometimes not.
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Can we construct a voting model for SE so that moderators aren't necessary?

I've seen and experienced several examples of mis-moderations. Cases where people with high reputation misuse their power to shut down the voice of others, even when there was no intended vandalism or ...
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Show upvoters to the upvotee

I understand why votes are anonymous, and don't believe anyone should see who downvoted a particular post. But, at the same time, SO is a social media site, so not knowing who upvoted you dampens the ...
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Downvote/upvote on Stack Overflow issue

If I downvote a question or answer, and the post is edited, it looks like I can make one another downvote. However, when I click the downvote button again, the result appears to be exactly the inverse:...
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Keyboard-only users cannot upvote/downvote posts or comments

One of the baseline principles of web accessibility is that all functionality of a site should be available via keyboard navigation alone. It's an important baseline to accommodate those with muscular ...
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How can I view vote history from all Stack Exchange sites?

I often use voting up a question as a way to essentially 'bookmark' a question or an answer that I can refer to later. The only issue I may run into though is that it can often be hard to tell if a ...
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Misleading link description in the Summary subtab for viewing all upvotes and downvotes cast

In the Summary subtab on the Activity page, for example, on English Language & Usage, my total upvote count is 1084 and my total downvote count is 305. Now I believe this includes votes on now-...
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Informing new users that targeted voting is not allowed

The current help pages do not make it clear that targeted voting (either up or down) is not allowed. The only mention of this is in Why do I have a reputation change on my reputation page that says &...
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How can I handle the situation of questioners upvoting my answers for a reason that contradicts the purpose of the up-/downvote-system?

It happens that a day or two after I have written an answer, I myself see a strong need for improvement and do some editing and wonder why upvoting took place at all before the editing was done. Thus ...
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Show 40 last votes, rather than 30, on my Votes tab

On the currently-logged-in user's Votes page, a list of the the last 30 votes is displayed. I would like propose that the number of rows should be adjustable, preferably by a URL query parameter (e.g. ...
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/help/privileges/vote-up pages contain incorrect information for sites with unpinned accepted answers

The following inaccurate/outdated text is still presented on the /help/privileges/vote-up pages (on the Stack Exchange sites that have unpinned accepted answers). 1Except for the accepted answer, ...
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To what extent might scores, on my posts on one SE site, affect scores on another? [duplicate]

As my formal training in biology was limited to about 40 hours, half a century ago, in a classroom of a state school system that had been (and remains) legally banned from discussion of a concept ...
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Replace vote locking with vote-reputation locking

Stack Exchange has vote locking: This feature should be removed. Instead, if an upvote is revoked enough time later, no reputation is changed (the poster keeps the reputation the upvote originally ...
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Is downvoting en masse an on-topic question "friendly"?

On Meta we often see off-topic questions that have no rhyme or reason: too many if truth be told. These questions are downvoted by the community, closed swiftly, removed from the main page and deleted ...
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What's your most unexpectedly upvoted question/answer? [closed]

I think most of us have seen it. You post something innocuous, it receives an upvote, then another, then another, and before you know it you've got another handful of badges pinned onto your chest. ...
51 votes
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Badly escaped HTML results in plain text instead of markup in toast notifications (e.g. "You can't vote for your own post".)

There's an HTML escape bug that's reproducible network-wide. Also mentioned on Super User, this is not just "ugly", but also causes prevents the link from being clicked, which is more ...
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Minor bug with voting for your own post [duplicate]

Minor bug, found on all Stack Exchange sites I've checked. When you downvote or upvote your own post, it reads "You can't vote for your own post"—as opposed to "You can't vote ...
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Erroneous HTML tags in toast notification [duplicate]

I found an error on a Stack Exchange pop-up. Likely whatever is generating the message (js/node etc) is not parsing the HTML text of the pop-up correctly. Could this be fixed?
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Accepting an answer should automatically upvote it as well

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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Why not upvote the question count automatically every time any answer is upvoted? [duplicate]

Regardless of which answer is useful to a viewer, if an answer is upvoted, the question should automatically be upvoted as well. Obviously the answer would not be posted unless the question existed. ...
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How many users eligible to vote were active in the three months preceding an election?

I would like to know, among the number of users eligible to vote in an election, how many have actually visited a site or been active e.g voting, reviewing, commenting etc. in the three months ...
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What's the purpose of displaying username with reputation, when other users are supposed to vote on that post and not the user?

"Vote on a post, not the user." ... is the central theme and guidance of the SE communities while encouraging the voting. However it might be neglected by some users when a particular ...
10 votes
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Why may I accept and downvote the same answer?

What is the reasoning behind me being able to downvote an answer but still accept it as correct?
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Can I upvote multiple posts from the same person if they are helpful?

I posted a few questions on Stack Overflow. After getting answers, I felt like they were all right as they solved my problems. So, I accepted all of them. From then, whenever I visit the website, I ...
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Should we really raise the better answers up by default?

Today I was reading something at philosophy site where they discussed about being an upvoted answer objectively true. Even when I can imagine it's not about being true but useful (which worked for ...
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Problem with reputation system and duplicates

I think there might be a problem with duplicates and the reputation system. I have been on SE for quite a while. I happened to change my account a while ago; I am not new here. Reputation is supposed ...
4 votes
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How do voting rules work in elections?

How do voting rules work in elections; are they like the voting rules for questions and answers? Do downvotes in elections cost 2 rep for the candidate and 1 for the voter? Does the vote get locked in ...
4 votes
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Does a blinking +10 ("voting telegraphy") mean anything more than someone is just screwing around?

Maximum size and bandwidth of SE "voting telegraphy"? Is this a known thing? was closed as duplicate of The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide and basically one can change their vote 30 times ...
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When is the message about not having voted on questions given?

On a Stack Exchange site, I voted some questions (between 5 or 6 questions, at least), then I started voting some answers, and I got a message about voting on questions too, which was similar to "you ...
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Should you downvote an answer that didn't work for you, even if it worked for others?

Is it justified to downvote an answer that didn't work for you specifically, even if it worked for others?
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Did we just get a "drop shadow" effect in the votes-left pop-up?

I just noticed that the "You have 5 votes left today" message has a drop shadow effect on Firefox. Is that new? I'm curious to ask, because, frankly, it doesn't suit the site that well. Or ...
8 votes
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Can we have an option to disable the "don't forget to accept" reminder?

The biggest peeve is sometimes I vote up an answer mid-way through reading it, and the "don't forget to accept" message blocks the remaining text, so I scramble and triple-click it until it closes. ...
31 votes
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No way to remove accidental upvote on a comment [duplicate]

I frequently upvote someone's comment only to realise I've fat-fingered it (especially easy to do on a touch phone, but I've also done it with a mouse) and clicked someone else's comment. ...
15 votes
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Replace "You have 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 ...
2 votes
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Change hovertext for meta votes [duplicate]

Meta votes are different; they often refer to agreement or disagreement. However, the hovertext still says stuff about research and clarity. This can be confusing to new Meta users. We can base it on ...
59 votes
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"You haven't voted on questions in a while" warning disappears too fast

I recently got a warning just after having upvoted an answer. It said something about the fact that I haven't voted on a question for a long time and that questions need votes too. The problem is that ...
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Should I upvote "bad" questions?

After reading a question about number of lines of code produced per day (now deleted), and first voting it down for being a "bad" question, I thought a bit about it and then changed my mind ...
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Is there a canonical "vote for the content, not the user" post on SE?

"vote for the content, not the user" / "vote for the post, not the user" seems to be a frequently repeated principle, which sounds to me like one of the most important on SE. You can often see it in ...
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When a user with too little reputation tries to vote, specify the type of vote (upvote or downvote) with the reputation requirement [duplicate]

When trying to cast a upvote with <15 reputation: Thanks for the feedback! You need at least 15 reputation to cast a vote, but your feedback has been recorded. Similarly, when trying to cast a ...
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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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Why are 15 points needed to vote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are 15 reputation points required to upvote? Why is it so important to gather 15 points before starting voting in Stack Overflow?
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How many upvotes does Jon Skeet have?

Since daily rep caps out at 200, a large majority of upvotes on Jon's posts never get "counted" as rep. For example, more than 70 upvotes on 11/17/17 did not count toward his rep total. My question ...
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Why is this vote number written in words on one of these answers, and also for the question? [duplicate]

This question on History SE has the question votes and some of the answer votes written out in letters: I assume this a bug of some sort (?), and I cannot find any other questions displaying this (...

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