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[META] How often do you upvote questions, and are fewer upvoted nowadays?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 07, 2012 at 8:38 PM

My spidey-sense has detected a slight change in paleohacks voting patterns. There appears to be a similar number of votes for answers and comments, but fewer for questions. Is this true?

Look at the twelve most recent questions. Only two of them have any votes at all. What's the dealio? This seems to happen sort of often. Votes are a good incentive to ask good questions, or a disincentive to ask bad questions, and some of these questions look good. Not that everyone has to vote on every question, but still.

(and yes I'm aware that I used "spidey-sense" wrong. this sense is usually anticipatory in nature, and not analytical.)

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:33 PM

By looking at their profile and seeing if they are voting. For instance, you have voted up 682 times and down 23 times as of today. BTW, how is your shoulder healing? Hope you have a quick recovery!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:29 PM

Borofergie -- How's your shoulder doing? Hope you have a quick recovery!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:26 PM

By looking at their profile and seeing if they are voting.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:18 PM

How can you tell?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 08, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Yes, this! Learn to use Google and we'll all get along so much better! (+1, by the way.)

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Camilla, you can "un-do" or change your vote but doing the opposite of what you did (or in this case doing what you intended to do in the first place!) Confusing. Anyway... point is that you can change your vote, but there is a time limit. In your case tho it seems that you might notice your mistake right away so you can easily change a Down-vote to an Up-vote but clicking on the up arrow. I hop this makes sense.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on August 07, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Yes, this! The wave of students who thought they'd try paleo over the summer has died down, parents are busy with their kids, and in places where it's not too dreadfully hot (like here in western Washington State) everybody's outdoors, enjoying the sunshine. I know that for me, August is when I realize that our short summer is rapidly coming to a close, so I'd better enjoy it while I can--or at least get the house painted and the yard ready for fall planting. So, like everyone else, I'm not online as much.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on August 07, 2012
at 09:49 PM

LOL @Crowlover +1. BRB, going to plant a bigleaf maple in my yard...

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:30 PM

I think maybe the FAQ is too easy to miss. The link for it is rather small, in the upper right of the screen. I bet a lot of people who are new here just don't see it and/or know to read it.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:26 PM

Me too on your edit! I appreciate anyone who answers my questions in a helpful way. Sometimes I have to wait until the next day if I've used up all my votes on a busy-PH day or have a lot of answers. :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Yo Kamal. Now take a screen shot. Nice job!

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Me too! I figure if its a good enough Q that I am answering than why not upvote it!?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:09 PM

lol. No Colin. You must use leaves

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I'm in the same boat. I'll spread some more love!

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on August 07, 2012
at 08:51 PM

I try to vote up questions and answers that I like. I have noticed, however, that some people who have lots of votes don't seem to vote much for others. What's up with that? Nobody gets rep points unless others vote for you. I don't think people should be overly stingy (within reason) with their votes. Spread the love around.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:18 PM

How can you tell?

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:29 PM

Borofergie -- How's your shoulder doing? Hope you have a quick recovery!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:26 PM

By looking at their profile and seeing if they are voting.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 11, 2013
at 11:33 PM

By looking at their profile and seeing if they are voting. For instance, you have voted up 682 times and down 23 times as of today. BTW, how is your shoulder healing? Hope you have a quick recovery!

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 07, 2012
at 08:40 PM

I typically up vote every single question I answer (except when I forget) and when I find a good one.

I notice the same thing. Especially when there are over a dozen answers and only 1 or 2 up votes.

EDIT: and I also up vote every single person that answers any of my questions, unless what they're saying is an attack or insulting. I'm very liberal with my up votes. Sometimes liberal with down votes too, but always leave a comment :)

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:14 PM

Me too! I figure if its a good enough Q that I am answering than why not upvote it!?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:26 PM

Me too on your edit! I appreciate anyone who answers my questions in a helpful way. Sometimes I have to wait until the next day if I've used up all my votes on a busy-PH day or have a lot of answers. :)

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I only upvote a question if it's really good. Most questions can probably be answered with a little searching, and I don't want to promote asking questions for the sake of asking questions and getting points for it. Likewise I only downvote a question if it's really dumb.

However, I do often upvote good answers. I want to reward those who take the time to give good answers to questions.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on August 08, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Yes, this! Learn to use Google and we'll all get along so much better! (+1, by the way.)

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28f2efeb13d7bd86662213f48dd9fa1b

(80)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:19 PM

I just found out that as a lurker (with an account) I can upvote questions. The F.A.Q. says I need 15 rep. Maybe clarifying this policy would help the lurkers upvote the useful/intresting questions. (To clarify, I was able to upvote this question with 1 rep).

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on August 07, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I must confess, as a relatively new user, I don't always think about voting up the questions. I'm more likely to up vote the responses. I'll get my act together and pay a bit more attention to the questions.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I'm in the same boat. I'll spread some more love!

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on August 07, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I've called people out on this exact thing in the past (can't find the post/comment about it). I upvote any question I think is interesting, may be helpful to people/has good information, creates a space for informative answers (e.g. "what tips do you have" kinds of questions), or that I answer.

But I also think fewer answers are getting upvoted nowadays, too. It used to be you'd see answers with dozens of upvotes, now most top answers seem to have just a handful.

In addition, I often see someone give an answer, and someone comments on it with "Thanks, this is helpful!" but they don't upvote it. It was brought up here a year ago, so I guess that particular oddity has been going on for a while.

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on August 07, 2012
at 09:44 PM

I don't upvote questions unless it's one I haven't seen before, or that approaches a common question from a new angle. For me, it has to be an interesting question with some thought behind it.

Questions of the "I can't be bothered to read up on the basics of what paleo actually is, so will you enable my laziness and explain everything to me?" or "It's been a whole week, and why haven't I lost weight?!" or "I could have searched the tags and found the 1,000 nearly-identical questions asked before, but I didn't, so hack my special snowflake uniqueness?" variety do not get upvoted (at least not by me).

I upvote lots of good, thoughtful (and laugh-out-loud funny) comments and answers, though. There have been a few days when I've used up my quota of votes. The question itself may be lazy or a no-brainer, but very often the responses make up for that, and when someone takes the time and effort to craft a truly helpful response, I upvote to show my appreciation for that.

(By the way, +1. :D)

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on August 07, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I upvote Questions all the time.
Just did in fact on the last Q I read before this one!

What I think is interesting is when someone asks a question and has a dialogue in the form of Comments with every single person who responds, thanks them profusely, and doesn't Upvote one single answer! I see that a lot. Its not a big deal. I just think maybe they don't know that when an Answer is so helpful that an Upvote is indicated.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:30 PM

I think maybe the FAQ is too easy to miss. The link for it is rather small, in the upper right of the screen. I bet a lot of people who are new here just don't see it and/or know to read it.

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7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2030)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I'm still learning the Paleo Hacks etiquette but do up vote questions that I find interesting or helpful. I think maybe that there is a lot of important questions that have been asked already, I found I don't need to ask much if I search the site first. Not saying people should refrain from questions I enjoy all the questions and responses even if it's an "is toilet paper paleo" kind of a question. Is it though?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:09 PM

lol. No Colin. You must use leaves

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on August 07, 2012
at 09:49 PM

LOL @Crowlover +1. BRB, going to plant a bigleaf maple in my yard...

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Ca8111fb6e3bac177373a82f5d33910d

(135)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:07 PM

More often than not, my upvotes and downvotes are accidental, due to reading PH on a iPad and scrolling with my thumb. I never deliberately downvote, but do occasionally upvote good questions or responses. To all of those I've downvoted, I apologize.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 07, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Camilla, you can "un-do" or change your vote but doing the opposite of what you did (or in this case doing what you intended to do in the first place!) Confusing. Anyway... point is that you can change your vote, but there is a time limit. In your case tho it seems that you might notice your mistake right away so you can easily change a Down-vote to an Up-vote but clicking on the up arrow. I hop this makes sense.

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6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on August 12, 2012
at 10:41 PM

I upvote questions and answers very liberally every day. However, it's been my observation that a lot of people are more interested in their own "ratings" than actually doing merit-based voting. I rarely downvote anything, and I always leave a comment when I do, but I've found that every time I have downvoted something, I've been downvoted as well. So it seems to be more "tit for tat" than merit-based, IMO.

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on August 07, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Also, it's August which is the month where everything dies.

How do I know this? As a contributor/user of media, everyone takes a break in August. Magazine issues are the slimmest of the year, the movies all suck, things get quiet at newspapers and blogs.

In addition, everyone's suddenly like, "Oh sh*t! Summer's almost over! I better get out there and crowd up all the good campsites!"

Don't worry, Kamal. It's just quiet time, that's all. When the weather drives everyone indoors again the numbers will follow.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on August 07, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Yes, this! The wave of students who thought they'd try paleo over the summer has died down, parents are busy with their kids, and in places where it's not too dreadfully hot (like here in western Washington State) everybody's outdoors, enjoying the sunshine. I know that for me, August is when I realize that our short summer is rapidly coming to a close, so I'd better enjoy it while I can--or at least get the house painted and the yard ready for fall planting. So, like everyone else, I'm not online as much.

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3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

on January 11, 2013
at 07:40 PM

Found this in the archives.

Geez, people really like to downvote and close questions for no apparent reason, but they seem to be remiss when it comes to up votes.

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