Sometimes it happens to receive a lot of votes for a simple answer, ten minutes' work, whereas an excellent or elaborated one earns fewer votes it deserves.

A famous example of the first kind is David Carlisle's answer to the grandma's question.

A recent instance of the second type is another David's post which is the cleanest among the answers to that question but not the most upvoted (at the time I wrote this post).

Which is your best answer among the ones which received few votes?

If you are too humble to point out your own answer, you could highlight another user's one.

You could also extend this to questions.

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    I like the idea, although I'm too lazy to search for an answer :) – TeXnician Jul 11 '17 at 12:41
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    @TeXnician just post an example, you can update your answer later, if you find a best one :):):) – CarLaTeX Jul 11 '17 at 12:49
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    just pick any answer of mine where an answer of egreg has a green tick – David Carlisle Jul 11 '17 at 12:50
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    @DavidCarlisle There is only the embarrassment of choice, then! LOL – CarLaTeX Jul 11 '17 at 12:55
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    Maybe tex.stackexchange.com/questions/256627/… or tex.stackexchange.com/questions/318670/… where each time the answer included work on and an update to my package… – cgnieder Jul 11 '17 at 15:55
  • @clemens you could transform your comment into an answer :) – CarLaTeX Jul 11 '17 at 16:03
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    Now is this a call to upvote the underrated answers by user John or Jane Doe? ;-) I think a lot of answers are underrated and show the lack of appreciation – user31729 Jul 11 '17 at 20:03
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    @ChristianHupfer Why not? It may be a way to reward them, even if a bit late... :):):) – CarLaTeX Jul 11 '17 at 20:20
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    all ConText answers from Aditya – percusse Jul 12 '17 at 11:24
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    Sometimes I have a feeling, that egreg's answers get more upvotes just because he is egreg, not because they are noticeably better. – Skillmon Jul 12 '17 at 13:51
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    @Skillmon David Carlisle will be very happy of your comment :) – CarLaTeX Jul 12 '17 at 14:07
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    @Skillmon: Cough.... and some other posts as well just because they are written by ... (fill in the names yourself ;-) – user31729 Jul 12 '17 at 15:28
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    @DavidCarlisle, this Numbering many equations... came to my mine. Although you didn't provide an answer but you've written the package. LOL – CroCo Jul 17 '17 at 0:00
  • It's been a few months now, and some of the highlighted answers have gotten a few new upvotes, but most of the activity has taken place here on meta. As a reminder for future visitors, "reward existing answer" is an officially sanctioned reason for starting bounties. – Pops Oct 9 '17 at 14:15
  • Of course, but you can't start a bounty to reward your own answer :):):) – CarLaTeX Oct 9 '17 at 14:23

I'd like to add this answer of @moewe:


This basically creates a completely new style and for all the work it did not even get accepted by the OP and only a single upvote :( There are many similar answers of her/him but I guess since most bibliography questions are about tweaking something to fit some very particular style, they are often not widely applicable and therefore terribly underrated - but maybe it's just the missing ducks.

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    Excellent example! Posts with BibLaTeX are among the most complex and underestimated ones. – CarLaTeX Jul 11 '17 at 13:58
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    Ahh, that's where all the upvotes came from. I expected some elaborate voting fraud scheme, ... Yes, biblatex answers are sometimes 'underrated' especially when it comes to things that are lots of work, while sometimes very easy answers get lots of upvotes (of course they are also easier to understand). But I guess you know that – moewe Jul 12 '17 at 7:45
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    @moewe Not to forget all your work on goLaTeX where you can't get any upvotes. Once again, a big Thank You. – Johannes_B Jul 14 '17 at 6:23
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    @cfr The question explicitly states "... you could highlight another user's one." So I think it answers the question and works really well -- +27 votes for moewe! – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 18 '17 at 8:28
  • @samcarter Oops. Missed that. You're quite right. Sorry. (I still thought your answer was a perfectly good one, regardless.) – cfr Jul 18 '17 at 13:59
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    Maybe we need somebody to ask for a bibliography style which incorporates ducks, just so moewe can answer and make up the missing reputation? – cfr Jul 18 '17 at 14:01
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    @cfr I wonder what the bib style for the Donald Duck Adventures is :) We should ask this next January: daysoftheyear.com/days/rubber-duckie-day – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 18 '17 at 14:06
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    In my view, biblatex questions on this site are too dependent on whether or not @moewe looks at them and answers them. I have a number of biblatex questions here that wouldn't have a solution if @moewe wasn't here. – Sverre Aug 10 '17 at 11:41
  • @Sverre You're definitely right, we have few BibLaTeX experts here! – CarLaTeX Aug 18 '17 at 9:34

Maybe I have sentimental attachment to this answer of mine, which was one of the first few questions I answered. It was very instructive on how the reputation system actually works. The answer took quite a bit of sleuthing, but received only four votes. At the same time answering simpler questions that could be answered simply by reading package documentation could gain many more votes. And then of course there's the automatic bonus. :)

I also answer a lot of questions which since few people use those specialized packages tend not to get many votes. I do, however, get many thanks from random people at linguistics conferences, which makes up for it.

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    Thank you for your contribute! Also for mentioning the linguistics posts. – CarLaTeX Jul 11 '17 at 15:45
  • It might help to add an image i.stack.imgur.com/vKHKs.png – John Kormylo Jul 15 '17 at 16:28
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    @JohnKormylo Yes, I notice that many of all of our older answers don't include images, but now we almost always include them. But I think the reality is that the more specialized the question, the fewer views it gets and also it's harder for non-specialists to decide whether it's a good answer or not so people just tend not to upvote them. (Of course I don't need any more votes). – Alan Munn Jul 15 '17 at 16:37

I think one of mine which required a good slice of work but got only 1 upvote is this answer to the question "Justifying ('ragged right/left, center') all the tables in a document". There might be others but I think only 1 upvote is a bit harsh even if this answer is not applicable for anyone else.

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    The single upvote is not even by the OP although this seems exactly like the solution he/she was looking for - so sad :( – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 12 '17 at 14:35
  • @samcarter how do you know who placed votes? I can only see the balance but not who did vote... When does one get this privilege? – Skillmon Jul 12 '17 at 14:37
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    @Skilmon One never gains this privilege, the only votes you will ever see are your own. Let's just say that in this specific case I coincidentally know who voted :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 12 '17 at 14:41
  • @samcarter ok, that explains everything! And I thought you were a hax0r... – Skillmon Jul 12 '17 at 14:47
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    @Skillmon: Now there are 3 votes as of now ;-) And you can look on the number of votes somebody has cast on his/her profile -- of course not for which posts the votes were cast – user31729 Jul 12 '17 at 15:19
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    Especially this is the case of careless users: Coming, requesting an answer and never responding/appreciating :-( – user31729 Jul 12 '17 at 15:19
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    You too can share the special powers by visiting the OP's profile: tex.stackexchange.com/users/122478/alexey-orlov?tab=topactivity ;) i.stack.imgur.com/zrWfF.png :( – cfr Jul 16 '17 at 1:51

This one.

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    @CarLaTeX Who's ROLF? Is that your dog? – cfr Jul 16 '17 at 1:53
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    I've laughed so hard. Love wild thoughts :) – CroCo Jul 17 '17 at 0:03
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    @cfr How many upvotes will it take until you edit your answer to "Not this one."? – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 17 '17 at 20:11
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    @samcarter v is neither a constant nor an independent variable. At time t, v_t depends on v_{t,a} \forall a \in \{my answers \mid a \neq this one\}. – cfr Jul 18 '17 at 1:08
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    Some people are just more courageous than others (+ > 1). – touhami Jul 19 '17 at 7:14
  • @touhami: One could interpret posting such an 'answer' as infamy as well – user31729 Jul 21 '17 at 16:10
  • @ChristianHupfer Do you mean as an attempt to achieve infamy? Not sure how posting an answer could itself be interpreted as infamy. Desire for infamy? Aspiring to infamy? – cfr Jul 21 '17 at 17:19
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    It's very funny but @ChristianHupfer is right, this is not an answer to my question, I'm flagging it. – CarLaTeX Jul 27 '17 at 2:20
  • @CarLaTeX I cannot honestly see that it is not an answer to your question. You did not specify answers had to be on the main site. Moreover, none of the other answers will be answers to your question in cases where other users later vote up the answers to which they refer. So you will have to flag all those also, if you are to be fair about things. – cfr Jul 27 '17 at 3:25
  • @CarLaTeX I don't have any under-appreciated answers on the main site: only over-appreciated ones. – cfr Jul 27 '17 at 3:27
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    @cfr The other answers where low-voted at the moment they posted their answer here. If you don't have under-appreciated answer, you could point out someone else's one. – CarLaTeX Jul 27 '17 at 3:36
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    @cfr: Secret duck message successfully deployed. :) – Paulo Cereda Jul 27 '17 at 11:02
  • @CarLaTeX This answer had ZERO votes when I posted it, so unless the others all had negative scores, it can hardly be excluded on that basis. – cfr Jul 27 '17 at 12:40
  • @CarLaTeX Besides, you can hardly deny that the current version will inevitably be under-appreciated! – cfr Jul 27 '17 at 12:42
  • @cfr but yours was not an answer, the others were answers :):):) – CarLaTeX Jul 27 '17 at 12:42

Two of my answers that I am rather fond of are Multiple \marginnote commands on the same line in math environment and Pgfplots: Placing legends individually to the end of lines, both dealing with how to place text at specific vertical locations without overlapping them. (I really should go back are redo the first using macros instead of dimen registers.)

  • Both excelent answers, thank you! – CarLaTeX Jul 15 '17 at 16:59

https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/369953/9057 is a typical example of mine for answers that are in a mad challenge with an answer of @egreg (see David's comment to the question above). If egreg answers a question the best you can do is either to not try to answer it too or—if you have already answered it—delete your answer before someone else can see it.

On the other hand https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/366576/9057 was a 5 minutes answer (most of the time was needed to make all the links) with too much votes for.

But the answer which made me crazy was https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/350024/9057. After getting more than 10 votes for this answer, I've asked myself whats wrong with this world. And I found the answer: Germany will get 12 points never ever again. ;-)

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    I'm one of the upvoters of the second one and the third one, hahaha! (To compensate I've just upvoted the first). However, I have an answer that was accepted instead of egreg's one: tex.stackexchange.com/a/318959/101651, hence, there's some hope! Thank you! – CarLaTeX Jul 21 '17 at 15:41
  • @CarLaTeX Hey, you've broken my example! ;-) – Schweinebacke Jul 21 '17 at 15:50
  • Noooooo hahaha! – CarLaTeX Jul 21 '17 at 16:02
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    You can just leave a comment under @egreg's answers with "Hmm, I wonder if this is possible with xparse" and that will give you some extra time while he is gone to his evil lab singing o O O o O o m m o O O or whatever that input syntax is meant to summon. – percusse Jul 21 '17 at 18:12
  • Some users are more popular than others, that's the basic scheme – user31729 Jul 21 '17 at 20:01
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    @ChristianHupfer Some users are more competent than others. BTW: I've no problem with low votes. I find it only strange which of my answers reach high votes. Mostly these are answers that do not cost a lot—perhaps the answers that can be read and used in seconds, sometimes even without the need to understand them. – Schweinebacke Jul 22 '17 at 9:04
  • @Schweinebacke: If competence would be really appreciated most of us would have more votes... The problem is that an answer (even the first one to a question) will be neglected as soon as the high rep users answer basically in the same way (and although I am a 100k user, I don't belong to the high rep group) – user31729 Jul 22 '17 at 10:15
  • @ChristianHupfer Only 18 users have more reputation than you. The high rep club is very exclusive! – CarLaTeX Jul 23 '17 at 19:10
  • @CarLaTeX: Yes I know that I am don't belong to the high rep club. Me being beyond 100k is just by accidence – user31729 Jul 23 '17 at 19:18
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    @ChristianHupfer It's more strange my being beyond 11k hahaha! – CarLaTeX Jul 23 '17 at 19:29
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    @CarLaTeX: Duck-related content pushes the rep, especially in conjunction with TiKZ ;-) – user31729 Jul 23 '17 at 19:35
  • @ChristianHupfer Indeed! 475 points earned with the tikzduck answer & question! Hahaha – CarLaTeX Jul 23 '17 at 19:39
  • @CarLaTeX: Yes. Think about it ... I think, we lost seriousness – user31729 Jul 23 '17 at 19:41
  • @ChristianHupfer I don't agree, also prof. Knuth is known for its sense of humour. There is already too much sad things in the world, let's laugh every now and then! – CarLaTeX Jul 23 '17 at 19:54
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    Sometimes you succeed in giving a better answer than @egreg’s! (;-) – GuM Mar 31 '18 at 1:48

Eventually, I managed to find a Steven B. Segletes's answer that I remembered.

I think it's a simple and very useful way to align text within table cells (a thing particurarly complicated to beginners).

At the moment I'm writing, it earned only 3 upvotes.


This answer is exactly the opposite. I just showed OP the utilization of \hyphenation and got about 15 upvotes in that day and a couple more a few days later.

It was one of the easiest questions I answered and it is the most upvoted :P

  • This often happens, people upvotes what it useful, and often the simplest things are the more useful. In your case, I think also the beautiful image helped :):):) – CarLaTeX Mar 16 '18 at 12:16
  • Makes sense... I just found interesting the fact that 15 people found that useful in one day only. The image, though, is a good explanation :) – Phelype Oleinik Mar 16 '18 at 12:20
  • @PhelypeOleinik Just imagine how many votes you would have gotten with a duck in the answer :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Mar 16 '18 at 13:06
  • @samcarter =D I'll put my mummy duck everywhere now! Fun fact: The last page of my graduation project (is this the name?) has a Quero-quero in it :) – Phelype Oleinik Mar 16 '18 at 13:14
  • @PhelypeOleinik Oh, the bood-thirsty-red-eye-bird :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Mar 16 '18 at 13:17
  • @samcarter Exactly! They are beautiful *-* My project :) – Phelype Oleinik Mar 16 '18 at 13:23
  • @PhelypeOleinik Unfortunately I cannot read anything, but it looks very nice! – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Mar 16 '18 at 13:26
  • @samcarter The important part is the quero-quero. The rest is just gibberish to fill up space U_U – Phelype Oleinik Mar 16 '18 at 13:31
  • @CarLaTeX: The overrating of some answers (in general) is becoming more and more ridiculous and the underrating of many others is really annoying. – user31729 Mar 16 '18 at 15:24
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    @ChristianHupfer I think prof. van Duck will write an article on the topic "voting behavior on TeX.SE", not in the next issue (already in press), but in the following one :):):) – CarLaTeX Mar 16 '18 at 15:52
  • @CarLaTeX: That will not change much, I fear. – user31729 Mar 16 '18 at 20:17
  • @ChristianHupfer I think there's nothing else I can do... – CarLaTeX Mar 16 '18 at 20:48

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