I had made quite a large number of upvotes before recently gaining the minimum 15 reputation points required to upvote, but now I can't see my past upvotes anywhere. This is very annoying because I had put quite some effort into choosing which posts to upvote. There was always a message that the upvotes would be visible once I get at least 15 reputation points. Could you please fix this bug? Hopefully, so that the fix works also retrospectively.

The message

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    Before you have 15 reps, you can't upvote. So before you get 15 reps, all your upvotes are lost right after you vote.
    – user156344
    May 9, 2019 at 14:37
  • Then why is there this message stating that these are recorded and will be visible after I reach 15 reps? Is it just straight up lying then?
    – geras
    May 9, 2019 at 14:40
  • I would guess that probably, this is a huge bug because there are a lot of votes cast by people with under 15 reps.
    – geras
    May 9, 2019 at 14:50
  • I don't have the message to see. If it is saying you will have the upvote back if you pass 15, then it is clearly and very wrong. Read more meta.stackexchange.com/q/41347/410270. 15 rep is required to cast a vote, and the system won't save upvotes from below-15 and downvotes from below-125. This is not a bug, this is a feature.
    – user156344
    May 9, 2019 at 14:52
  • You don't see this message because you have above 15 reps. It is saying what you said. You can probably also see it if you go to a Stack Exchange site where you have a small enough reputation and try to upvote a post. So we agree that this definitely needs to be fixed. I think probably also on the other Stack Exchange sites. Do you know how I could now move this to the general Stack Exchange meta meta.stackexchange.com ?
    – geras
    May 9, 2019 at 14:59
  • There are no automatic way to migrate this. Please attach a screenshot of the message. I am now more than 200 rep, so whenever I go to a new site, I automatically got 100 Association Bonus rep, so I can never reproduce the message anymore.
    – user156344
    May 9, 2019 at 15:05
  • I added a screenshot of the message. I will now ask this question in the global meta Stack Exchange.
    – geras
    May 9, 2019 at 15:42
  • They are recorded, yes, but for satistics and moderator-only information. They will never be casted officially.
    – user156344
    May 9, 2019 at 15:44
  • Oh, wow. And why would anyone care about it? What do they do with them?
    – geras
    May 9, 2019 at 16:13
  • There are many SE scripts that run everyday on 3 am UTC which may collect this information. After that they will decide if the votes are questionable or irregular etc, and report it to the moderators. Moderators will look at the satistics to make decisions. For further info, ask the moderators themselves, I am not a moderator so I can not say anything more.
    – user156344
    May 9, 2019 at 16:15

2 Answers 2


As the message box suggests, the votes are recorded, but never displayed. Note that we have a large contingent of users that have very little reputation (below 15) (actually every network has). These are often only visitors to the site who get what they want (or not) and then leave; of course, this could also include illegitimate users, so recording votes from them might unnecessarily skew scores.

I think one can find these votes in the PostFeedback database. Here's a tally of the total up-/down-votes:

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Above, 2 = UpMod (up-vote) and 3 = DownMod (down-vote).


It is a duplicate of Message for upvotes is misleading but I can't mark it as such because it is on a different SE--the global meta one.

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