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As one of this site's top voters and with one of my former display names being @lol.upvote, I feel somewhat obligated to post an answer here. This site has been in public beta for well over 3 years (today is beta day #1254). The only reason for this, boils down to people not voting enough. Feel free to browse the beta-progress meta posts on this site for ...


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... seems that upvotes are easier to get here than on Stack Overflow .... That's your problem. You cannot compare Code Review to Stack Overflow. Let's look at what voting is for: Voting is central to our model of providing quality questions and answers; it is how … ...good content rises to the top ...incorrect content falls to the bottom ......


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I'd say a question is worthy of an upvote if the asker made a good job of making it easy for users to review his code. He can do so by explaining the structure of and ideas and considerations behind his code to an amount roughly proportional to the amount of code, by pointing out issues he's already aware of (but doesn't know how to solve yet). I compiled a ...


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I've seen answers that corrected only minor things in code that have more upvotes then I believe they should deserve (sic) How many upvotes does an answer deserve when it's good? When it's great? When it's not-so-good? If you answered with a number for any of these questions, you're doing it wrong. An answer "deserves" your upvote if you think it's useful, ...


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The way I interpret the up-votes is: "I find this worth reviewing. I don't have time myself to post an answer but I hope someone else does." The reason why you are not getting answers can be any of the following: Code is too long (long code does take more time to review, but it is known that long questions can also get answers) It is not entirely clear ...


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Active voter participation is a good thing. Positivity is also a good thing. It wasn't always like this. Users lamented that it was hard to earn reputation, and that we were going to be in beta forever as a result. That suspicion was confirmed in an official site review in November 2013. Since then, community members have worked hard to change the ...


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Votes are almost entirely related to "eyes on". People only vote what they see. I confess that almost all my rep was gained when it was common to post responses in chat. Other high scoring answers are on hot questions. I have also noticed a recent decline in the votes my answers get. It is not just you. The trick, if you are able, is to get more people to ...


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Why did this answer get 11 upvotes in 8 hours, yet 2/3rds of my answers have fewer then 5 upvotes? That question somehow went "hot" (made it onto the Hot Network Questions sidebar and got blasted out all over SE). It's had over 1000 views in one day; most CR questions have less than 100 in a day. It has nothing to do with who's answer it is, it's just a ...


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It is a lot easier to get up-votes here than on Stack Overflow. There are a lot of reasons for this, but one that seems to be missed is that we don't get as many questions. As a result, questions stay on the front page longer and get more eyes on them. Like another has mentioned, questions tend to get more votes in proportion to how many views they've ...


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Let's also keep in mind that each person can only assign 1 upvote per answer. If I a question and its answers, I will upvote any set of answer that I think are deserving of an upvote. I can't upvote a better answer more than a good but not best answer. Let's also keep in mind that the nature of CodeReview questions are different from StackOverflow ...


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Like the button says, if you feel the question has shown some research effort, and it is useful, and clear, then upvote. The point is that you should not vote based on what other people have already voted.... if the post has 100 upvotes, and you think it is useful, and clear, then add your vote too. If you think the question is 'worth' about 5 votes, and ...


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An upvote on a question means something like, "this question is suitable for this site": that is, it includes (allegedly) working code written by the poster, and it's (reasonably) clear what the purpose of the code is. It doesn't mean "someone's going to review it right away". I had a look at your question and decided not to review it because: It relies on ...


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Technical limitations: Upvotes require 15 rep. Accepts do not. Self-Answers can not be upvoted. Every user is limited to 40 votes per day. Accepts are not subject to that limitation Non-Technical side: I don't think it's conductive to the culture of any SE site to speculate about the intentions of OP. But just for the sake of argument, let's go there: ...


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I don't mind if a not so great answer has X votes, as long as a better answer on the same question has higher score, as it deserves. I would prefer if a significantly better answer had significantly higher votes, just to be safe, to ensure that good practices get copied instead of bad ones. The absolute values reflect popularity and visibility of a question ...


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Voting in Stack Exchange It is worth mentioning that voting is at the discretion of the voter. Sure there is preferable ways to vote like @rolfl and @Simon are explaning, but we can't force you to vote in some specific way. Here is a good general resource for voting : When should I vote? What is your definition of effort ? Could you qualify a good title ...


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It's hard to say that a question is receiving upvotes due to it's title alone. Good titles catch people's attention and draw in large numbers of views. More views generally equate to more upvotes. Putting that aside though, it takes effort to come up with a good title and I find that generally, authors of questions with good titles have given the same ...


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What is research effort? On Code Review, it's a bit hard to determine what research effort is. Are you expecting users to have researched different kinds of code smells before they post a question? I don't. If people knew about all kinds of code smells then the need to post the code here in the first place is significantly reduced. The "shows research ...


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All of the reasons you point out could be legitimate. I am personally not familiar with Python, therefore I tend not to pay too much attention to that tag. I'm not certain how much attention that tag gets (though I am certain we have Python reviewers). Also, long review requests can sometimes be challenging. We've discussed these on the meta before and ...


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I was surprised by the audience reaction to that question too. Sadly, the correlation between scores and quality is weaker than you would think. Out of curiosity, I once wrote this Data Explorer query: Instant success: Users with highest-scored first answer. I think you'll see what I mean. The problem with voting is not unique to Code Review either. I'...


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my voting stats are: I had more down votes than most people for a while, I don't just hand out votes, and I agree with what @Mat'sMug (@RetailCoder, @lol.upvote, ...) said What boggles me, is how reviewers can answer a question that they didn't even upvote. If you can answer a question, that question is worthy of your upvote. Or at the very least, ...


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It is not so much that that are too many votes, but that some voters are too indiscriminate. This was at first a terrible answer, now it's simply not very good and got 5 upvotes ( 1 down by yours truly): https://codereview.stackexchange.com/a/59941/14625 (Sorry Malachi) We are telling this new user that that answer deserves 4 up-votes in our minds.. That ...


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From my end, when I am in a voting mood, I do check answers of active voters first. Which means that I visit this: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/users?tab=Voters&filter=week And start perusing voter answers that look good to me, if you were in that list and I would have read your answer, I would have up-voted it. (It bothers me that I am not ...


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Unfortunately, it seems to me like most users on the site - perhaps myself included - are likely to upvote clever-looking code rather than use any other consideration. That is, I don't trust the vote count to represent the principle @sepp2k expressed. I'm always at a loss when faced with the decision of whether to upvote or downvote, or nothing at all, and ...


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