Voting can be a charged issue. It can hurt feelings. Some people opt to stay above the fray. Some people simply aren't comfortable making judgement calls.
The community is made up of all types. Some comment frequently, others not so much. Some are more confrontational, others are more encouraging. Some vote harshly, others more gently; some vote ...
As an active user of both ELU and Biology.se, I might be able to shed some light on this. First of all, the scope here is very specific and very rarely understood by our users. This is not a site for questions that any native speaker of English could answer. It is a site for
linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.
In other ...
It's totally for you to decide whether or not you vote (either way or not at all). On the one hand, you may decide not to vote on a post with a high score because you think its score is high enough. On the other hand, you could up vote because the post is useful to you.
I hang my head as one of the named and shamed. Admittedly, I hadn't realized that amassing a certain number of points also meant that I had amassed a certain number of duties. I don't remember signing up for that.
I have a limited amount of time to spend on this site (usually weekend mornings and school holidays such as today), and I prefer to use most of ...
John Lawler, for example, has a much lower ratio of votes cast relative to reputation earned than most high-rep users. But he's undoubtedly one of the most valued and knowledgeable users here.
And Yoichi Oishi is also a relatively restrained voter, but he's so popular that we've chosen him to be one of our site mods.
TL;DR: There are many ways to "support" ...
Mari-Lou A is quite correct.
The detection was automated. You're not under suspicion of anything. No need to declare anything.
Sometimes someone will give out a lot of votes to one other person, up or down, in quick succession, and then the automated process kicks in to reverse it as looks like the voter is voting on the person, not the content of the ...
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I view upvoting as appropriate in two situations: (1) when I think that a question or answer is especially interesting or insightful or well presented, and (2) when a question or answer that seems reasonable and unobjectionable, though not particularly outstanding, has been jumped on by one or more downvoters whose ...
I just upvoted your answer and the question and a couple of other answers because I wanted to signal my joy at literate Qs and As.
Actually, I think the second answer was better than yours, but it came in several hours later. The early bird does get more worms, deserved or not. There is much craziness in the voting here: my best question got only four ...
What do you call a note that gives preliminary information before the main part?
There is a clear context (The word was also needed to use in Stack Exchange questions and it can be helpful for everyone).
There is a detailed explanation and research effort. (Some words are eliminated with reasoning and definitions)
The question attracted very precise and ...
TLDR: People cast about 5 votes per new post per day on both English and Biology. For further exploration, run both this
first query on totals and this second query on rates against different Stack Exchange sites.
Comparing Like with Like
You have to compare like with like before you can compare anything at all. ELU and Biology are very unalike in daily ...
What does it mean when a post (question or answer) is up- or down-voted? Does it mean it's a good post? It's a high quality post? It's a funny post? It mentions cats?
I believe everyone has their own reasons for voting and that there is no consensus on what a vote means or why you should vote or should refrain from voting. Voting is highly subjective.
Might I suggest that you completely ignore any votes on any question or answers and just do what you think best (not what you think the community might think is best)?
What does it matter that the vote count is already high if it's a really good answer? Good answers deserve to be upvoted. Upvote the way you feel and think. Upvote by your own criteria.
We need to accept the fact that the only way to significantly reduce the flood of low quality questions is to not allow users to post until after they’ve earned some reputation. That, however, has unwanted side-effects and is not within the community’s power to implement.
I don’t think getting rid of the low quality questions is as important as attracting ...
Can anything be done to stop the erosion of quality on EL&U? Is it too late? Can we come up with a good idea that will foster better and/or more interesting questions?
Easy solution: confirm my swr HNQ hypothesis. Then consider the option to ban swr from HNQ. In the new HNQ system, the mods have the authority to remove questions from HNQ. A community ...
Sabotaging through purposeful procrastination
Clear and detailed context
Explanation of a word from another language
Eliminating a word with reasoning
Indicating what part of speech is acceptable
Attracted many useful answers
People are people, that is, they're not simple algorithms, devoid of context. People are irrational or rather they are rational within their own virtually continuous set of prior data that is nonetheless bounded.
When an SE user votes, they're doing it in the context of reading the words, but also questions they've recently read, the current set of votes, ...
N.B The privilege of viewing the number of upvotes and downvotes a post receives is visible when you earn 1,000 reputation points.
The fact of the matter is, even questions which are not easily answered by native speakers, are well-researched, and cite references, might still earn a few downvotes on El&U. This is a hard crowd to please. In its beta ...
What do you call the interconnecting bits of a puzzle piece in English?
A concise, unambiguous SWR. We all know an image can paint a thousand words, and anyone who read the question definitely knew what the request was about. Because it was so specific, it didn't risk attracting twenty or more possible suggestions—the biggest drawback in a SWR question.
When a post already has a lot of votes that agree with yours, your voting signal is diluted. It's maybe a bit less helpful to future visitors. But I really only make that calculation when I'm running out of votes for the day. At that point, I might consider reserving my remaining votes to signal usefulness of posts that have received less attention. ...
Aren’t there English equivalents to Japanese word, Senpai (先輩) meaning a senior in school, career, or age?
Clear explanation and context from Japanese culture
Research is included
Attracted great answers
I'm not contesting your observation that question quality is dropping, but I'd like to offer a different view of the data. As @ColleenV notes,
It’s interesting that the trend is always down, probably due to older questions having more opportunities to get voted on, although how fast it drops varies.
so I thought it would be worthwhile to check how 2019's ...
Well, I have to address the phenomenon, aka the elephant-in-the-answer box.
But first things, first. Voting on the worthiness of a question is not the same as voting on whether an answer to a question is good.
For answers, I upvote an answer based solely on my understanding of the question and deciding on which answer best fits the bill. Sometimes, two ...
Can anything be done to stop the erosion of quality on EL&U? Is it too
late? Can we come up with a good idea that will foster better and/or
more interesting questions?
Why is the community upvoting fewer questions? Why are fewer hi-rep
users posting questions? (Don't all look at me)
Does the blame lie solely on Low Quality Questions (LQQs)...
It is not necessarily the best answers that get the most votes.
People vote on many different factors. Each to their own. One thing to bear in mind is that some people vote on which answers were useful to them, rather than focusing only on the quality of the answers or the research (and expertise) required to answer them.
More recent answers may give more ...
Apathy reigns on EL&U, certainly where suggestions for improving the quality of questions is concerned.
Single-Word Requests are one of the most common questions asked on this site, and probably the most discussed. Experienced users often direct newcomers to the Help Centre, suggesting that they take the tour and see what questions are off topic and ...
What do you call the child who doesn’t resemble his / her parents in English?
This question is a good example of how non-native speakers might describe the word they need. The user provides the expression in their mother tongue, and clearly explains its meaning. The user also mentions that the word/expression in his native language is not necessarily ...
What do we call people who go to the gym?
The user (me) had identified there was a lexical gap in the language, she suggested possible solutions but had shared her research. She was open to idioms, slang, fixed expressions etc. Users were asked not to offer neologisms. Answers which were supported by reliable references, were openly encouraged.
[Edit - oops - just noticed the original post was ancient :-| ... ]
Consider using one of the two features already built into the site: the favorites star, and your profile (which shows your history in several ways.) Your browser also has a history, bookmarks, etc.
IMO, if a post warrants your reconsideration via an altered vote, the topic / question is ...