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[Meta] Can't we show some upvoting love this holiday season?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 21, 2011 at 12:09 AM

I'm hoping this is enough of a variant of this question to avoid being closed, but really folks. How does a question like Are you cheating this Christmas? get 19 answers but only 3 upvotes?? Maybe it's me, but I've noticed this pattern recently ... a question will have 5 or 6 answers and no upvotes.

Really ... as the previous question noted, we have a "ridiculous number" of upvotes to use every day, so in the spirit of the holiday season, don't you think it's worth using them? Especially if you think the question is worth your time to answer?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:46 PM

And at the very least, could they be made community wiki, since they are really a "poll" type of question?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:43 PM

Maybe *something to do with Paleo/Primal??? These meta-questions drive me 30 BAD.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Sure. What was the topic? How to cheat and get away with it?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 21, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Scrooge here~ I am SO of these non-questions. Can we please stay on-topic?

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on December 21, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Wouldn't that worsen the problem by encouraging tit-for-tat voting, and making people have to think about hurting feelings or keeping relationships intact? Sounds like terrible idea to me.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 21, 2011
at 12:42 PM

I have to say I'm not very consistent in my voting. Depends a lot on my mood.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Excellent comment, Quilt! I agree on "lots of voting bias."

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on December 21, 2011
at 02:12 AM

At the risk of looking like I'm sucking up for upvotes (I'm not), who said that "being helpful" is the only criteria for whether or not a question is good and thus worthy of an upvote?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 21, 2011
at 02:04 AM

lots of voting bias exists on who posts what. It would be cool to post questions and answers anonymously and then let 5 days of voting and answering then reveal the person. That would cut lots of bullshit.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 21, 2011
at 01:51 AM

Already, the most misrepresentative question in terms of the votes it has received scanning down the front page is this one. Is this going to be helpful to a lot of people? Do we want it at the top of searches into Paleo subjects?

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 21, 2011
at 01:29 AM

It may be a popular question, but popularity isn't a virtue in and of itself. And the big number showing the number of answers already indicates that pretty well. If it's popular and a good question that deserves some posterity on PH then it can get voted up as well. I don't think voting for questions is really terribly meaningful though, in comparison with answers. It's not as if you'd be asking questions simply to gain votes is it?

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on December 21, 2011
at 12:59 AM

The FAQ says "if you post a good question or helpful answer, it will be voted up by your peers" ... I think a question with 19 answers (many of them with one or more comments) is in the ballpark of being a good question. But I guess that's me.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 21, 2011
at 12:25 AM

I have noticed questions with intense conversations between divergent viewpoints, with a number of answers showing numerous up-votes, yet the original question is at zero or 1. I've up-voted some of those questions even when I chose not to respond because my thoughts were already well represented.

I agree that not every such question deserves a large vote total, but I definitely agree with Beth that some great questions are being snubbed by voters who lavishly spend votes on answers that re-state familiar positions because the debates are between popular members "along party lines."

If you're harsh on questions, at least apply the same standard to answers. If answers are pulling in lots of up-votes it seems the question should as well if only for triggering such spirited conversation.

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on December 21, 2011
at 01:35 AM

I am among those who have never really clued myself in to the up and down voting process. Even though I participate here regularly. Frankly, I "forget" about the voting thing, until I read a reference to it in a post. So I commit myself to being a regular pH voting citizen, beginning with upcoming your question!

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 21, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Answering a question doesn't mean I think it's particularly helpful. Some questions attract a lot of answers because they are essentially surveys. Other questions get a lot of votes because people agree with the sentiment but there's not a lot to be added. A good question probably doesn't need lots of answers.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 21, 2011
at 03:14 AM

Excellent comment, Quilt! I agree on "lots of voting bias."

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on December 21, 2011
at 12:59 AM

The FAQ says "if you post a good question or helpful answer, it will be voted up by your peers" ... I think a question with 19 answers (many of them with one or more comments) is in the ballpark of being a good question. But I guess that's me.

Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

(5332)

on December 21, 2011
at 01:29 AM

It may be a popular question, but popularity isn't a virtue in and of itself. And the big number showing the number of answers already indicates that pretty well. If it's popular and a good question that deserves some posterity on PH then it can get voted up as well. I don't think voting for questions is really terribly meaningful though, in comparison with answers. It's not as if you'd be asking questions simply to gain votes is it?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 21, 2011
at 02:04 AM

lots of voting bias exists on who posts what. It would be cool to post questions and answers anonymously and then let 5 days of voting and answering then reveal the person. That would cut lots of bullshit.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on December 21, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Wouldn't that worsen the problem by encouraging tit-for-tat voting, and making people have to think about hurting feelings or keeping relationships intact? Sounds like terrible idea to me.

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