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So, first of all: YES to all of that. Voting is an important part of the Stack Exchange ecosystem. It's a hat-tip to people for making the site better, for creating content, for asking questions and answering answers. All that being said, you can't disentangle low voting from low questions-per-day. And low QPD is Writer.SE's biggest issue, and has been ...


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SE generally allows people to use their votes as they see fit, even if a lot of them are downvotes. However, targeted voting (in either direction) is a violation of the rules, because votes are supposed to be for the content, not the person. Moderators can't see individual votes or, for the most part, distributions. If there is enough voting between ...


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Possible reasons for low voting In addition to the low-traffic factor that Neil Fein's answer brings up, the subjectivity of questions and answers may also impact voting. On the one hand, voters may upvote any answer that sounds good (i.e., subjectivity might increase voting); on the other hand, some voters may tend to refrain from upvoting an answer which ...


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I've seen this before on other SE sites. So when I started being active here I assumed it was just common here as well. As you observed, there seems to be no logical reasoning behind it. Sure if a question or answer are problematic or controversial or poorly written you may see some degree of downvotes. But seemingly straightforward and well-written Q&A'...


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Thanks for bringing this up. I've seen another odd pattern where I'll be on SE and I see several downvotes for different posts of mine come in a fairly short time. Like 3 in 5 minutes. Some of the posts are months old. It feels like someone is on my profile looking at my posts and systematically downvoting them. It doesn't happen like that with upvotes (...


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At first I thought the low voting here could be simply because Writers is a low-activity, low-traffic site. However, looking at the site stats, there has been a slow increase in many kinds of site activity - page views, new users - but voting has been relatively static. So the low voter turnout isn't only because this is a quiet corner of the internet. The ...


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As I see it, there are three basic problems for Writers in the SE framework that limit its appeal and have nothing to do with voting, or only tangentially. The SO paradigm, on which all other SE sites is based on the idea that there are small reusable solutions to specific coding problem. I have used it hundreds of times for exactly that purpose. But ...


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I've reviewed the voting patterns on Writing lately and I have seen some patterns: (The site analytics page is available to 5k users on beta sites.) Notice that nearly all the voting on the site is upvoting. Downvoting is an order of magnitude less common. I also see there was a spike in voting starting in late February and leveling off by the end of March....


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The script is a mindless, soulless script. It cannot know intentions; it only notices and acts on patterns. It can't tell the difference between your husband in good faith going through a bunch of tabs and voting quickly on the one hand, and somebody running a sockpuppet ring to inflate his own reputation on the other hand. In your reputation history I ...


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Yes, there is such a system: There's more detail on meta stack exchange, but here's the gist: Every night around 03:00 UTC, a voting fraud detection script is run that looks for patterns such as these. It basically looks for users who have voted on another user's posts many times. The threshold number is fairly low within a given amount of time (the ...


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I completely agree that we need more voting here. But when to do it? Stack Overflow user Jon Skeet put this well in this answer. While he was writing about coding, it's still relevant: I will upvote a question if: It is clear and well-written, including sample code where appropriate, useful tags etc. Ideally it should indicate that a certain ...


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A little extra data: Jefromi, a mod from Cooking.SE, kindly whipped up some relevant data queries: This query shows average scores for questions and answers. We're solidly in the middle of the back -- which isn't too bad, especially when you take community size into consideration. A query showing how many votes, on average, different users cast on "active" ...


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I think it is a good thing, in some sites you get gunned down for asking a different Q than the accepted norm, which in turn chases away many beginners. Since voting is anonymous there is a human tendency to down vote much more than up vote. (in spite of the -1, in some site the DVs seems to be mainly done by members with several Ks of rep. granted this ...


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I admit, I sort of want to earn the down-voter badge, but if I think a question is problematical, I'm likely to flag or ignore it.


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