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Posts that gain unusual attention in a short span of time are $95\%$ Hot network questions: A collection of popular questions from around the SE network which are awarded arbitrary "hotness points" according to a formula which is as bizarre as it gets. $\approx 5\%$ Posts suffering/benefiting from the meta effect: For instance, I'm going to downvote your ...


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As a longtime sporadic SE lurker, it didn't even occur to me that voting could affect the page until I read this post. Seriously. I've been on the Stack Exchanges for a little over 3 years now, and I have always viewed it as asking questions and writing answers. The upvotes/downvotes just came as part of doing a good/crappy job on those activities. Of ...


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How does the community view my actions in this regard? Should I continue doing this? As you have brought up at the end of your answer, you are well within your rights to do this. However, consider that most people have the answers sorted by votes within the UI, such that if everyone did this, the "bad" answers would bubble up to the top. This is not ...


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I complained in German language chat a few weeks ago about a rather mediocre question I posted on Ask Ubuntu that got me my first good question badge, while some posts here or on German I consider well-researched and good stop at 2 or 3 upvotes. I was advised to stop guessing the final score of a post. You will fail so badly. Accept that upvotes either ...


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Recently I answered a couple of questions, did not receive any upvotes or accepts and earned the Tenacious badge. Life could be worse! Moderators and frequent supporters of Q&A sites want to build vivid communities. But these sites always attract another type of users too: the ephemeral ones that are too busy to read textbooks, too lazy to think about ...


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I personally try to avoid downvoting new users. In addition, I think the reputation that is needed for some "privileges" are somewhat silly. I personally dislike the fact that you need a certain reputation to comment. I understand that there is chat, but I would prefer to take my time and reply to the asker/answerer instead of setting aside who knows how ...


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The default sorting for answers to questions is by votes. If there's an accepted answer, it is at the top of the answers "pile" and the top voted answer is listed immediately below that one. The votes are locked in place to prevent users from initially downvoting rival answers to push them down in the pile and then removing the votes later to ...


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Chemistry is a beta site, less than two years old. There aren't that many users around who can vote, and of those who can, not all are active. We're slowly gaining traction though, it's easier to get votes than it was a year ago, and we have more activity. Not sure how we can improve the voting, however what this site does need is more questions and users. ...


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Thanks to @santiago for pointing out the reason. The fives crept in because the answer was accepted and then later unaccepted for the -15. Strangely though, I didn't get a notification for being unaccepted - maybe this could be implemented.


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