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Good observation. I've been doing the same as best I can. My voting rules are loosely like this: If a question deserves my answer, it deserves my vote If an answer is useful it gets an upvote, even if it is competing with mine If someone takes the trouble to answer one of my questions, I visit their profile and trawl their other answers looking for upvote ...


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I'm going to go ahead and pretend you said this: Why are my votes disappearing when I downvote the same user repeatedly, but the upvotes remain? Is he somehow canceling out my votes? I don't want to jump to any absurdly paranoid conclusions, I'm just curious what's wrong The engine has a number of ways to try and detect vote fraud. One of them involves a ...


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Voting is indeed very important; it's important for there to be a means for the great, good, mediocre, and poor to be differentiated. Many people like to to simply upvote good answers, but it's important to also vote for questions and also to downvote when appropriate. Downvoting questions no longer even costs you rep! Also note that you get a badge if ...


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I agree that this is important so I took ThePiachu's suggestion of using the bulletin board and made the Vote early, vote often! post "featured". That post is now visible on the site's bulletin board.


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I would additionally like to point out the cleansing effect of downvotes on questions: If a question is more than 30 days old, and... has -1 or lower score has no answers is not locked it will be automatically deleted by a script that checks daily. If you feel that we have too many low-quality questions that "do not show research-effort, are unclear, or ...


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I think we should encourage users to use the comments feature and edit features instead of giving weak or off-topic answers. I've expressed my concern about this, in the comment thread of this question. However, the only way to encourage this is to have moderators migrate weak or off-topic answers to the comments, and for the users to downvote off-topic ...


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I'm looking at site stats right now - ignoring the first 30 days or so of the private beta (just because all our Q/A/Vote stats were all over the place then) we have consistently maintained an average of 4 to 6 upvotes per question and right now we're sitting at about 4.5. Given that, mathematically, we have maintained the same proportion of upvotes per ...


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New users can't vote up questions, but they can ask questions. Thus, when the ratio of nonvoting:voting users increases you will see a decrease in votes. With more new users, questions drop off the front page faster. Total views should stay relatively constant versus number of users. However, views by voting members will decrease.


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Welcome to Bitcoin.SE. Reputation is a measure of your contribution to the website, and thus a measure of the community's trust in you. You can earn reputation by generating useful content, i.e. asking good questions or providing good answers. You can also gain smaller amounts of reputation by suggesting improvements on existing posts. If you haven't ...


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Its not clear to me that your examples of answers are either incorrect or off-topic. In general, I don't see the problem with upvoting answers which don't quite answer the question as stated, but which nevertheless contribute to the general topic of a question and thus might help the reader, or might help other folks who can't quite answer the whole ...


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Is no answer really preferable to the best possible answer to a question? I certainly agree with you about incorrect answers -- we would certainly like to see those not be upvoted. But if someone has expertise in the area of the question and knows that there won't be a perfect answer, but gives the best possible answer, what's wrong with upvoting that to ...


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