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Sometimes I like an item so much that I would be willing to give it more exposure with extra upvotes as the expense of personal reputation points (SE currency).

Has such a feature ever been considered? If so, what subtlety or exploitation have I missed to explain why it was rejected?

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    I don't think this is a good suggestion, which is why I've downvoted the question, and upvoted @medica's answer. But it's worth pointing out that as well as offering bounties, you can also post links to questions and answers (and even individual comments) in posts of your own, where there's at least a credible link between the context where you post, and the item you'd like others to discover through your link. – FumbleFingers Mar 21 '14 at 22:18
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You can't +2, but you can +50 at a cost of 50 rep to yourself by offering a bounty. This appears as a "Start a bounty" button on questions you create or edit.

Bounties can range from +50 to +500.

  • I mean +2 upvotes, not rep. – d'alar'cop Mar 20 '14 at 5:13
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    Well, no you can't give 2 upvotes. The only way to give more exposure to a question and reward an answer above an upvote or acceptance is by offering a bounty. – user53089 Mar 20 '14 at 5:18
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    Yes I know, that's why I've tagged it as "feature-request". I want to be able to give more upvotes. – d'alar'cop Mar 20 '14 at 5:29
  • It'd probably be worth requesting this on the main meta.StackOverflow as I don't think this is configurable per-site. – user53089 Mar 20 '14 at 5:32
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    You don't need to clear things on MSO just because it has to apply network wide. Discuss things on the site it comes up on first, then if people in this community agree that it has merit, then we can look at raising it to a bigger audience. But we don't need to rush things to the network meta at the sound of "bigger than just us". – Grace Note Mar 20 '14 at 19:06
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I don't understand why you want (or need) more than one vote. As @Lego Stormtrooper stated, you can always raise awareness (significantly) by offering a bounty on a question you like.

If you think a question especially worthy, I've seen someone in chat (I don't go often, so I don't know how common this is) ask others to look at a good question and vote.

Rep is garnered with a number of great questions/answers, a host of good Q/A, or a flood of mediocre Q/A. The one-vote-per-person seems to be working well enough. If everyone had two votes per question, wouldn't they use them, especially to promote a question they've answered (and often elevating a fluff question)? In the end, it would all come back to everybody being equal, with two votes instead of one. And high rep would mean less than it does now.

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