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 they practise through this website.
Oh and I forgot to say: We vote a lot.
That's it I think.
PS: Did I mention that we vote a lot?
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 content better or point crass errors, or simply do not upvote the content at all (but still pointing what is going on). A question or answer that shows effort ...
From very early on in the life of the site, there has been a presumption that voting should be a broadly 'positive' action. In particular, the community here have generally felt that for most questions voting below -1 isn't really desirable:
Please don't downvote below a score of -1, even if the question in its current form needs some improvement. A score ...
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!
I'm saying it is wrong if I upvoted only because the post is by a top user, without even reading it and without reading the other alternative answers.
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 it's also worth a vote”.
I also vote answers: when they solve a problem in a “good way”, I think they deserve a vote. What a “good way” is probably depends on ...
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 very easy to ask a question (good or bad), but it's not always easy to write a good answer. The SE reputation system subjectively supports this approach by ...
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 so much.
The drive-by voter effect. Much of the traffic on the site is casual "drive-by" users who don't necessarily participate in the site actively but come ...
Commenting directly on how individuals vote is probably not something we should pursue: voting is ultimately down to each user provided it does not fall into the 'sock puppet' or 'revenge downvoting' category. However, the general point is one that is worth discussion.
From early on, the general position has been that 'parallel' answers are valid, as it may ...
Maybe it's my personality projecting on it but I value the votes very very very little (including downvotes on my questions/answers though I always want to see what the mistake was that I've possibly made). Somewhat stupidly, I consider downvotes on others' question and answers a lot because I want the spirit to stay as it is (relaxed, quite kind, and ...
I think it makes sense to separate them even though they overlap in many cases.
Quoted from Meta Stack Overflow:
An answer may indeed solve or help you solve your original problem,
but it might not be an otherwise "good" answer. The accepting and
up-voting are different actions which mean different things.
There are however ways to improve.
Way may ...
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 posts with beautiful images, but it should not be the only reason to upvote.
While I can see the merit of Alan's answer, I'd like to present the opposite view:
The upvote button's hover text says: "This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear [...]". There are questions that are answerable, often because missing information can be guessed or inferred, but that don't show any effort of the OP to find the answer ...
Anything that has a pretty picture gets more votes. So TikZ answers tend to get lots of votes. They are also easy for non-specialists to vote on, since you can look at the picture and say "Cool, get's my vote." But really technical answers are not so easy for non-specialists to vote on, nor are they likely to even bother reading them, so the questions ...
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 are bounties and answer acceptance (+15).
What if I hit the daily rep cap and THEN get downvoted?
Downvote after hitting rep limit
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 to make them better rather than post a competing answer which is minimally similar to an existing one. See also Why do people answer in comments?.
The end ...
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 beat me to the answer by 2 seconds"). We share our ideas freely. We encourage people: in how to get a solution that works for them, in how to write better ...
I frequently do this. The two decisions are almost completely independent for me. The only time that the presence of the duplicate would mean that I didn't vote would be if the original question was blatantly easy to find (something like the "How do I look up a symbol?"). If someone's put some effort into their question, they probably did a cursory search ...
Quoting from the Vote Down privileges page:
What is voting down?
Voting down, also known as "casting downvotes", is how the community
indicates which questions and answers are least useful.
When should I vote down?
Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy,
no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and ...
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".
Tactical down-voting suggests that users could vote down other competing answers in an attempt to possibly let their own answer be more visible (it is possible ...
In my opinion, the base policy should be to be friendly, patient and polite. I will refer to Custom title page in report or book class?, and doncherry’s excellent comment, which can serve as an example:
Welcome to TeX.sx! This question is very similar to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/17579/…. Please take a look at it as the information there might help ...
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 here, find good stuff, and then of course upvote it.
I can only hope that this happens to many people, i.e. they land here, get help, and already have the ...
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 which helped the person asking the question the most. Of course, this can mean that a question with a good answer never gets an accepted answer: that is '...
Ok, here's my take on this: Confessions of an Upvoter
As a kind of disclaimer, I'd like to stress that at this level I consider myself a decent "TeXnician", nothing more. Since most of the answers posted up to the time of typing this come from really experienced users I am looking up to, I thought an answer from a less experienced user could be fun. More so,...