My understanding was always that up-votes on comments was intended to be a way to represent the fact that multiple people would have written that same comment, essentially, it would prevent "me too" comments.
I came to this understanding due to the way automatically-generated comments from the review queues worked. Certain reviewing actions would leave a ...
One reason might be that there's a very good chance there will be no Winter Bash 2020.
A staff member has stated:
Chances are good we won't be doing hats next year, but finding something brand new to do. We wanted to do that this year, but wouldn't have been able to pull it off. Hats have just gotten too overdone and repetitive. – animuson♦ Dec 11 '19 at ...
How many up-votes does an answer need for those up-votes to be statistically significant?
On getting the views and votes, and what do they mean ...
Many factors affect votes:
The season, holidays, day of the week, time of day, current events (school, sports on TV, national fireworks celebrations, big news, etc.), even disasters and connectivity.
On an ...
There is no real answer to this question, unless the answer involves a LOT of criteria (which would be wrong, since answers are supposed to be clear and concise).
Let's talk about why.
Basically, there are some questions which are popular, and some that aren't. And this may not necessarily share a relationship with how good the question is or anything- it ...
Unfortunately, no number can do that.
First of all, the average vote count is really a function of time and more importantly, the average number of views.
Here on MSE, hitting the 200 reputation daily cap limit is something that often just happens. During my years on stack overflow it was real hard work (most of the time at least) to hit that limit. ...
It depends a lot on context.
50 upvotes on an answer within a few days isn't necessarily surprising. It happens all the time with posts that make it to the Hot Network Questions list.
On the flip side, a few upvotes on a really bad question or answer could be highly unusual (maybe even a sign of voting fraud; I've seen it happen).
The popularity of the ...
It's impossible to give a number. It will differ widely per site; a site like Community Building has 33 visits per day, much less than Stack Overflow. So there are no answers with 100 upvotes. Just looking at the traffic might not be enough; on some sites, users are more inclined to vote than on others.
And even on Stack Overflow, a popular tag like [java] ...
"Don't downvote spam, flag it!"
This quote is missing one word:
"Don't only downvote spam, flag it!"
There's nothing wrong with casting downvotes on spam posts. The problem is that some users stop after the downvote, when the post should be flagged first and foremost.
Each of then gets a popup saying, "Please flag this post as spam instead of downvoting it!". (NEW FEATURE).
How should the engine decide that it's actually spam and place the popup dialogue?
I don't see that this is really feasible.
As for your edit:
The post has been flagged already, so that's how the engine will know that it's spam.
That's not a ...
Don't downvote spam, flag it!
And that spam flag automatically downvotes it; you don't own the vote yourself, the Community user does. That's probably what you experience, not real users downvoting the post.
Also, the other 'users' might actually be automatic flags from the Charcoal project, especially if it involves blatant spam for pharma products. Your ...