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Questions tagged [voting]

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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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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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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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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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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What is serial voting and how does it affect me?

I just noticed that I lost a bunch of points from my reputation score, and I used the "reputation" tab on my user profile page to try and track down the cause. During my investigation, I noticed ...
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A/B testing the sticky vote controls

First, apologies for not creating this feedback thread earlier - in hindsight, a change to such an established feature of our sites really does warrant some explanation. We're running an A/B test on ...
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Reset votes on migrated questions

All votes should be reset when a question is migrated. That's votes on the question, in both directions, as well as votes on any answer. At the moment, downvotes are cleared from the question. Yes, ...
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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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Show Total Votes (or Up/Down Votes)

When viewing any question, it would be nice to see the total number of votes as a little tagline underneath the total vote score. It would be nice to see the difference between: +0 (0 votes) &...
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Change upvote/downvote tooltip on meta sites

Since voting on meta sites mean something different on the main sites, can you change the tooltip as well: This question is useful and clear --> I agree This question is unclear or not useful --> I ...
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Wiping votes on deletion of highly active accounts (-865 points on “User was removed”)

Update As MadScientist quite aptly pointed out this is also highly relevant: Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted at +523 votes, feature-request I was greeted by this screen just an ...
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Don't lock votes on Meta sites

When I talk about Meta here, I mean any meta but this one. I understand the Idea behind "Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited". However, I don't think this reason applies ...
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What can I do if I'm the victim of serial downvoting? [duplicate]

While browsing Stack Overflow, I noticed that I lost a lot of reputation: Is this serial downvoting? Will it be corrected by a rep-recalculation? How often are those done? Here's a second ...
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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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Stack Overflow's voting system is not entertaining enough [closed]

I submit to you the following quartet of indisputable facts: Stack Overflow is for people who are bored at work. Having animations and video games are more exciting (and therefore less boring) than ...
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Make voting activity on your posts available on site metas (what you would get from rep if metas had rep)

Child metas don't have rep, so there's no point in tracking a rep stat or reporting changes. But one of the things rep updates do on main sites is to alert me when there's activity on older posts. ...
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Can we get x comment votes per y minutes, rather than one vote per 5 seconds?

I quite often will read a thread of comments, and want to vote up a few of them. I vote one up, read the next few comments, vote up another and get a *giant red box*. I've seen that "You can only ...
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The Electorate badge discourages voting on answers

Since the introduction of the Electorate badge, I was thinking about the potential side effects of the badge. While it certainly encourages voting on questions, I think the way it works, by tying the ...
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See who is upvoting/ downvoting my question/answer [duplicate]

Is there any way for me to see who is upvoting or downvoting me? Apart from looking at the data dump, of course. No, I will not go after those who downvoted me, but it's interesting to know, anyway.
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A Proposal for More Constructive Downvoting on Meta: Express Disagreement by Answering the Question

Downvoting legitimate questions on Meta because one disagrees with the question's premise has become a bit of a problem. Question bans on users asking legitimate questions are a real possibility. ...
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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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Careless review upvotes are actively contributing to the quality problem, not correcting it

Look at this reply. The question is from 2008, it has an accepted answer, and almost every other answer generally has the same theme and references the same function. That reply, at the time of ...
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Deleting a comment (mine) shouldn't count as a comment vote

I had an old question that I revisited in order to link it in a new answer. I noticed that in the comments Steven A Lowe had a funny comment that I -- at the time -- had responded to with "why can't I ...
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Should downvotes on questions be “free”?

As I'm sure you all know, downvotes "cost" 1 reputation. That is, every time you downvote: -2 to post owner -1 to you This is done to make sure downvotes are cast only when you feel strongly ...
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Undo an up/down vote after a comment is left

If I made a mistake downvoting or upvoting a post, there's no way for me to fix that unless asking the person to edit its answer. Let's say I downvote something, then explain in a comment thinking ...
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Why do you cast downvotes on answers?

This is a question which started off with a comment, then turned into an answer, and now it's a question in its own right (as suggested by Jeff). I'm not sure where it could go from here :) It's ...
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Vote too old to be changed, unless post is edited

Anyone seen this one yet? Vote too old to be changed, unless post is edited My vote was only a few hours old. Then I realized the answer was wrong. Updated my question and went to remove the vote. ...
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Is there an actual “pity” or “sympathy” upvote problem?

There have been a number of discussions about "pity" or "sympathy" upvotes. https://meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=pity+sympathy+upvote That is, the idea that once a post is voted down to -1, some ...
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Should we reduce rep bonus for upvotes on posts with a negative score?

This might sound a bit crazy, but hear me out... There's a certain behavior among voters on SO that, while understandable, makes down-voting incorrect or unhelpful answers somewhat counter-productive:...
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The problem with reputation: does high reputation attract too many upvotes? [duplicate]

It's not that I feel bitter when somebody else's answer is upvoted above my own, but it's when a user with a high rep answers a question and their answer seems to attract an immediate barrage of ...
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Cannot vote on question although 40 votes limit not reached

I've hit the 40 daily vote limit wall and yet can see on my profile I have 7 votes yet to give to actually reach that ceiling. The votes remain and I am unable to cast them. According to a recent ...
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Allow voting on comments from Review interface

I'm still becoming increasingly confused as to why we can't do or see certain things (really, just about anything except for answer a question) from the Review interface. Today, it's comment voting. ...
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We need to be a little less hostile

I've noticed a distressing tendency for questions that seem basic or overly short to be immediately closed and downvoted into oblivion. Case in point: How can I tell if a DOM object is out of the ...
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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 user voice, 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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Is using reputation to scale the number of close votes the best way?

When we were working on the last se-quality-project, I wanted to introduce something into the review system that I still feel is pretty lacking. There's no way to really track your efficacy as a ...
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Idea behind “Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited” [duplicate]

I've found many questions here regarding this 'feature' and many answers explaining how it works, but none showing any 'philosophical' concept behind it. i.e., why is it here? Is it helping to make ...
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“Vote too old to be changed”… but I haven't voted!

I saw what looked like a good answer, and immediately upvoted it. Then, as a good citizen, I decided to reserve my right to vote until I'd ensured that the answer was valid. So I immediately ...
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When should I vote?

I have seen a few questions here on Meta Stack Exchange that cover parts of this, but they are often too local, and none of them seem to cover all the relevant scenarios. I will break it up ...
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Is voting to balance in the spirit of the site?

The other day I saw an answer which was ok. Not great but not bad. So no reason to upvote or downvote. However the answer already had a single downvote. I felt this was unfair so upvoted the answer to ...
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Would it be better to have voting counts open on meta?

Down voting or up voting is very clear on Stack Overflow. But in some questions on meta it's very confusing (to me). For example, this question: OP asks a very interesting question, then gets ...
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The “Vote to Close” button for duplicates is inefficiently placed and shouldn't move away

TL;DR: There is a really annoying usability problem with the AJAX loading of duplicate question content that makes user interface elements unnecessarily shift around. Current behavior The ...
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Message for upvotes is misleading

I realized the other day on SciFi & Fantasy SE that the upvote message is misleading. I had joined and asked a question, this one if you were wondering, and tried to upvote an answer. It gave ...
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Why is voting removed from new review system?

In the old review system we could vote for posts while reviewing. We were able to upvote great posts and downvote bad quality posts: But in the new review system we are not able to vote on posts: ...
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In “network hot” questions formula, discard answers when voting evidence indicates that these are not good data points

TL;DR When votes of 20... 30... 100 users clearly indicate that only one or two answers are popular, it does not make sense to pretend that other answers are popular too. In current version of “...
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Undetectable MICRO Serial Downvoting. What is it? What to do? What the heck!

Prologue Everyone knows Serial Downvoting... even the luckiest user with enough rep gets hit by this plague at least once, soon or later: some noob gets angry against another user for some reason and ...
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Show recently cast downvotes

The recent switch to "free" downvotes has a side-effect: As far as I can see, there is no longer a way to see questions one has recently downvoted. This makes it impossible to find and revisit those ...
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How should low-reputation MSE users express disagreement with a (proposed) network-wide change?

We have come in a very nice discussion over here. While the question at hand is a duplicate, OP raises a valid point: It overwhelmingly affects Stack Overflow where I have plenty of rep points, yet ...
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“Votes cast” should include votes on deleted contributions

Currently, the number of "votes cast" excludes votes on deleted content. Once something gets deleted that you voted on, that vote vanishes from your stats. This of course happens frequently especially ...
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Migrated question's answers can be upvoted twice by the same user

This question was created on Server Fault, answered on Server Fault, I upvoted some of those answers on Server Fault, and then moved by consensus to Super User. Now that the question is on Super User,...
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Is there a way to see who voted on your posts?

Is there a way to see who voted (upvotes and/or downvotes) on your answers and/or questions?