(StackExchange thinks my question is subjective and likely to be closed. =)

I just got this comment "Will upvote you once I get 15 reputation (shame that you can't even upvote an answer to your own question as a newbie...)" on an answer. Is that really true? If so, it's a decidedly odd choice.


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Yes it does, and yes, it's odd.

There may be reasons for not allowing low-rep users to upvote each and every question/answer, but they should be able to upvote answers to their own questions. At the very least, accepting an answer should automatically count as upvoting it (which would also do away with zero-score accepted answers).

  • Your last point is problematic because of the daily vote limit. Mar 14, 2011 at 15:46
  • @Hendrik: It goes without saying that such an "upvote-by-acceptance" should count as upvote with regard to the vote limit. And if one really uses all 30 votes and then proceeds to accept an answer which he/she hadn't upvoted until then ... "Daily voting limit reached, come back in X hours."
    – lockstep
    Mar 14, 2011 at 15:53
  • Or maybe even better, the system does it automatically for you on the next day. Why not make it a feature-request? (But maybe it is already "status-declined" over at meta.SO ...) Mar 14, 2011 at 15:56
  • But then how would anyone ever get the Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges!!! =]
    – Adam Liter
    Jul 13, 2013 at 19:53
  • @Adam Noone unless they were redesigned. ;-)
    – lockstep
    Jul 13, 2013 at 19:53

If you put your game theory hat on, I hope it's easy to see how allowing this would allow massive reputation-based exploits. Anyway, it's sort of intentional that solutions be vetted by a third party who is more objective than the question asker, or even the people answering.

Note that new users can accept an answer to their question, which gives them +2 rep and the target user +15 rep.

(and, they can leave comments on their question and all its answers even with 1 rep.)

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    If its "sort of intentional that solutions be vetted by a third party who is more objective than the question asker", then why allow anyone at all to upvote answers to his/her own questions?
    – lockstep
    Mar 14, 2011 at 19:44
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    @lockstep new users are the least trustworthy of all... Mar 14, 2011 at 19:56
  • You surely know more about this than I do. ;-) However, I'd be interested if my "minimum" proposal (upvote-by-acceptance, i.e. one possible upvote per question asked) is also out of the question.
    – lockstep
    Mar 14, 2011 at 20:27
  • Actually, I can think of several ways to abuse rep now.
    – TH.
    Mar 14, 2011 at 23:05

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