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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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.
CarLaTeX's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why answer a question that doesn't deserve a vote?

The comment of marmot above notes a key aspect of this issue: many questions are badly asked, but still answerable, and the answers to such questions can be good, so the question does not deserve an ...
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Why do some users not vote often for questions or answers?

Voting is anonymous, so by definition you should not know who voted or why. You say you notice that some users have low vote scores, but how do you define low? Vote count has little relevance to ...
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Poll: "wrong" reasons to upvote

I upvoted to mark it as "read".
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