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Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

Several reasons: We vote a lot, and we vote up. We have a narrow scope, which means there are people who can answer almost any question. For some people, TeX and friends is almost a religion which ...
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53 votes

Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

As Tom and David mentioned in the comments, we just upvote. Even if one feels the urge to downvote a question or an answer, we encourage different approaches, like leaving a comment to help make the ...
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33 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The post is by one of the top-users, I upvoted on trust. Of course, I'm not saying that upvoting a post by a top user is wrong, if they are top users, it's very likely their posts are excellent! ...
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Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

Mae hwyaden TeX SE yn pleidleisio'n aml iawn. Esbonnir popeth gan hwyaid. Gerald_G, Rubber Duck Family TeX SE's duck votes frequently. Everything is explained by ducks.
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29 votes

Why vote for the answer, but not the question?

The following statement ...a person who comes up with a good solution to a problem deserves more credit than the one who could not solve it. is completely subjective and in my opinion wrong. It's ...
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28 votes

Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

I upvote. A lot. People vote for my answers, so I have to vote. It's rare I don't upvote a question I answer to: as one of the moderators once told me, “if you deem a question worthy answering, then ...
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27 votes

Why answer a question that doesn't deserve a vote?

The vote differential Here are some unsubstantiated musings on some of the reasons for the vote differential. The picture effect. Answers with pictures get lots of votes. Questions with pictures not ...
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25 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The answer is the first of the list, it solves my problem, I have no time/will to read the others, even if they could be better.
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23 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The post has some duck-related content. Of course, I'm not against the duck-related content, but it should not be the only reason to upvote.
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22 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The post contains a stunning image (made in tikz, pstricks, picture mode, you name it) or a beautiful typographical object (a drop cap, a decoration, and so on). Of course, I'm not against voting ...
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21 votes
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Why does a downvote change the daily reputation even when the user has not counted upvotes?

Sadly this is status-bydesign, even though it sucks. Votes are accounted for at the time of casting, rather than at the end of the day. The only voting excluded from the per-day reputation cap of 200 ...
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21 votes

Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

In addition to some of the observations that we vote a lot, I think there's another reason why that voting occurs: we value substantial answers over short one liners, and we tend to comment on answers ...
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21 votes

Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

Yes, we do vote a lot, but I think it's much more than that. This community is very positive. We don't compete against each other (except perhaps playfully when we comment along the lines of "you ...
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20 votes

Down votes when OpTeX is mentioned

I never downvote OpTeX answers (or answers using other non-LaTeX flavors for that matter). However, I also mostly don't upvote them, unless the question asked about that specific system. This is not ...
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19 votes
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Downvoting by accident - why can't I correct my voting

As stated in Idea behind "Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited", the motivation behind locking ones vote stems from an attempt to perturb possible "tactical down-voting". ...
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Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

Whenever I google a LaTeX issue, I end up on tex.SE. Now, that may have to do with my filter bubble, but it's also the best resources for LaTeX-related trouble, no questions asked. So I routinely get ...
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18 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The post is funny. Of course, I'm not against funny posts, but fun should not be the only reason to upvote unless there is the fun tag.
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17 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The question already has many votes (list by votes) and the user is trying to “earn” a badge related to voting. The user upvotes the question and the top answer.
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16 votes
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Is it possible for moderators to accept an answer?

No. Accepting an answer is purely the decision of the person asking the question, and does not have to reflect what others feel is the 'best' answer. It simply is a way of saying that it is the answer ...
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16 votes
Accepted

Poll: which are the "Cinderella" topics?

The SEDE queries suggested by samcarter (https://data.stackexchange.com/tex/query/888155/average-answer-score-by-tag) and me (https://data.stackexchange.com/tex/query/950955/) in the comments show the ...
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16 votes

Don't forget to vote

I also like it that TeX.SE is welcoming, and I would like it to stay that way. In my view the way of implementing friendliness is as follows: don't downvote post personalized, constructive, ...
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15 votes

Why do (top) users on this site have such high reputations?

Had they had been voting as much as we did then it would be an anomaly. We can easily cover their two pages with our very same top rows, compare them too: SU voters: SF voters: Again, on behalf of ...
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15 votes

Vote early and often!

I've gone through a number of changes in my behaviour on the site since I joined more than 5 years ago. The reputation bug is a big driver for any newcomer to the site. However, while receiving ...
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15 votes

Down votes when OpTeX is mentioned

Just a bit of advice from my experiences with Tikz and pstricks. It may be that you do this already (I haven't clicked through to read your answers) but I'm not just answering for you but also for the ...
14 votes

Why vote for the answer, but not the question?

My logic is this: Suppose people found the answer relevant, and that the answer does exactly what I asked for and nothing else (and does not provide any additional perspectives, like explaining how ...
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14 votes

Down votes when OpTeX is mentioned

This looks like it could be a single user, so it's hard to say much beyond 'this is not the usual pattern'. From the earliest days of the site, it's been clear that alternative approaches are allowed ...
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13 votes

Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

The question has no upvoted answers, so I choose one at random and upvote it in order to remove the question from the unanswered queue. Such questions are automatically bumped up by the system from ...
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