This is meant as just a gentle nudge to remind people who are pre-disposed to vote but who, maybe, have let it slip a bit to get back in the habit.
A little background for others: this site is, generally, viewed as one of the friendliest on the SE network (I'm speaking relatively, I know that there are times when some haven't felt that it is but compared to the others then it is). One aspect of this is, I think, that we try to be welcoming - we recognise that there is a significant initial barrier to switching to TeX (or one of its friends) and that new users can flounder quite a bit. While we encourage people to ask well-formed questions (with MWEs) and help them to do so, at the same time we can acknowledge that asking for help is a Good Thing and worth encouraging.
One way that we can say, "Hey, well done for trying TeX!" is to vote up their question. It's amazing how positive such a little thing can be. Even for a user such as myself, getting a vote on a question is nice. It says that someone else recognises that I've struggled with something and have done the right thing in asking for help.
Of late, though, I get the sense that this sort of voting isn't happening so much. As evidence, I see questions which have several answers but that have no votes. This just feels wrong to me. I would urge people to consider at the least the following two principles:
- If a question is worth answering, it is worth voting for.
- If an answer is worth voting for, so is the question.
Of course, there are exceptions. But they should be exceptions.
I know that there will be people that disagree with me. That's fine. Ignore me. But I suspect that there will be people who do agree with me, but who - like me - have forgotten how much those first votes can mean on a question and have forgotten the importance of voting.
(And to those who do disagree with me - just please don't downvote a question if you just think it's gotten a few too many votes.)