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Upvote for effort I think that it's important to keep in mind what it's like to post to Code Review as a total newcomer. After all, they don't teach you in school how to post a question to Code Review. If a user's first post is… On topic, Includes sufficient context, Has a good title or can easily be given a policy-compliant title, then that means that ...


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Every Code Review member can help us get out of beta by helping to upvote good questions and answers! Now that Stack Exchange Data Explorer supports beta sites, here are three queries that should yield good candidates for voting: Welcome intermediate users by reviewing their answers and questions These queries finds posts from users with between 150 and ...


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No... Santa lives. The question is not whether Santa is a bad thing. The question is: Everyone should be Santa, why are they not? How can we get the other 98.6% of users to be Santa too? Everyone can be Santa, if you VOTE! If you see a question, and you think: well presented, hmmm, interesting... then VOTE! (up) If you see a question, and you think: ...


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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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Voting is personal. Personally I find that upvoting good first posts helps making new users feel welcome, and encourages them with positive reinforcement - however if the post is iffy and it still gets upvoted, the vote reinforces not-so-positive behavior, so one shouldn't upvote just to say "welcome", but "welcome! That's a nice post you got here, we'd like ...


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Upvoting everything is not a good idea. I think our primary goal shouldn't be to get out of beta, it should be to be an awesome site for code reviews. And upvoting everything does not help that goal, actually it hurts it. If you want this site to succeed (and get out of beta), you should be active (post good answers and questions; upvote good questions and ...


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No, for a few reasons... Would a big-vote button help? Perhaps, but it will just introduce a different set of arguments, like: "Hey, why did you only +1 my answer instead of +2 it?" and, "Why only +1's here?" (in addition to all the "Hey, why the downvotes"...) The change would be impractical for many technical reasons There already is a 'super upvote' ...


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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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Some "memes"... A few expressions have come up recently, thought I'd share them here (feel free to add, this is CW!) Running out of ammo: when you have exhausted all 40 votes for the day. Head shot: when you're out of ammo and post a target in chat, and then someone puts in a vote for you. Waking up the dead: when posting an answer on a zombie question ...


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If you are looking for freshly posted answers to vote on: look no farther! I have created a chat bot that automatically searches for new answers and posts them to this chatroom feed. We have magic potion! [...] Asterix eases the Britons' disappointment by claiming that he carries herbs to remake the potion, as working for Getafix has given him ...


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This is just a friendly reminder to vote. You have 40 votes to use every day, and I don't see many reasons to not use them all. Your voting on answers is what makes the reviewing process fun. In case you don't think I practice what I preach.


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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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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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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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Our faq doesn't contain any encouragement to get users to vote (except for a tiny note about downvoting misinformation). Isn't it about time to include a plea for votes?


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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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Down vote + corrective comment should do the trick. Downvotes alone is already doing a good job of keeping it away from the upper fold. A sight of a negative score is already a red light indicating a bad answer. Even more, a negative or corrective comment. If the answer's owner does not take action in response to the down vote, then forever will it be ...


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I see that the answer with the bad advice has been downvoted, then deleted by three non-moderator users. I agree with the downvoting, and in fact contributed one of those downvotes myself. Normally, I would also leave a comment, but I didn't feel like typing out a rebuttal while browsing on my mobile phone. I figured that the bad answer would be ...


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I agree with parts of the three current answers from @RubberDuck, @Simon André Forsberg, and @Pimgd. Which, if I can summarize... questions get voted on when: Horrible code - I disagree with this one. Horrible code does not get upvotes because it is horrible code. Horrible code tends to follow the Hot Question path though (see later). Interesting question/...


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Looks like this is by design. If you go to the very last page of all-time voters on the site, you'll see that anyone with less than 11 votes isn't showing up. You need to vote some more. And then some. Simple as that! ;) Voting generates reputation on the site. For the beta site CR is, voting is like breathing. If we stop voting, the site dies. Don't ...


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I don't think that this site suffers from a lack of down-votes. Rather, it suffers from a lack of up-votes, and up-votes are always free. It's kind of perverse, actually. Often, the good questions are the ones with crappy code. It's a bit counterintuitive to vote up crappy code. On the other hand, short answers attract up-votes faster, and it's hard to ...


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That means that, basically, the worse the code you submit for review, the more upvotes you'll get, and eventually: the more rep you gather. This is not always true. In many cases, good code also get plenty of upvotes (sorry for taking my own code as example). I think there are three different kinds of questions that get massive up-votes: Horrible code, ...


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Is there a way I can see the answering activity? @uamso-uahtan has created an application in 2010, that almost answers our needs: Such a thing just happens to exist! I created a small application called stack2rss that converts API requests into RSS feeds. https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/64927/197901 The URL for the RSS feed you want is this: ...


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Downvoting has benefits. A while back I asked what happens to questions with a negative score? on Meta SO. Interesting things happen when a question goes negative. Current questions At -4, the question does not show up on the front page. All questions -1 or lower score, more than 30 days old, no answers, not locked... deleted by ...


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I have to admit to being a bit stingy with my votes. I vote like I would for SO. I agree that voting is important, but at the same time I feel upvoting everything on topic might send the wrong message. Does it have good content? Can it be reused by others? Does it show some sort of effort? Are there already 50 other questions on this same topic? And, ...


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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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I want to expand on some points rolfl made in his answer. I think you're taking a drastically wrong approach to voting on answers. You are free to decide whatever criteria you want for upvoting or downvoting answers. However, once you decide this criteria, you should apply it fully and equally to each answer that you read, ignoring any other posted ...


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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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At first I was quite reluctant to downvoting. When you have < 500 rep and getting there took all your spare change (I hope that translates well), you think twice before giving away a single point just because someone wrote a bad post. This is the same on every SE site BTW - at one point or another, you stop caring much about your reputation score, and ...


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