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Stack Overflow has 5.4 million users, Information security has 81000 users. Chemistry has a meagre 16000. These are just the plain registered users numbers. From the site analytics I know that there are about 100 users (average) that take action every day. There are about 1000 votes cast every week. We are a small community, and yes, voting could be more. ...


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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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This is, unfortunately, just how the system works: when an account is removed, so are the votes. This is probably not the last time you'll see this - fixing it would require some pretty massive changes to how voting (and user accounts) are implemented. That said, we do have a system in place to preserve some votes when a high-ranking user is removed. As a ...


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Re andselisk's comment: I agree that talking about individual cases helps to elucidate possible recurring problems. However, it's impossible for us to exhaustively explain downvotes/close votes on every question, and honestly it gets tiring after a while; and lately I've been feeling increasingly uneasy about the possibility that by focusing so much on ...


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Without reactants, there are no products. I agree with @Martin - マーチン♦'s answer and would like to add my perspective. Be nice and be welcoming are important, but an occasional up vote on a reasonable question can't hurt either, and it can encourage new users to ask again. If a question leads to several good answers, is it not a priori a good question in ...


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Most of us have noticed by now that chemistry.se is like a living and breathing organism, with constant change and also quite a few habits. As with anything that is living, it resists to sudden change and that is - in my opinion - why we are talking a lot, but leave a final decision open. I personally find the meta process to reach consensus (which is ...


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There should be a minimum threshold of votes required before any action is taken, as with the reaction blacklist.


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I think asking a good question is a lot harder than giving a good answer. On the other hand I think judging whether a question is useful and well researched is a lot easier than doing the same for an answer. Often it is possible to recognise a good question, without studying in the same field. The same cannot necessarily be said for answers. As such I am a ...


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I now realize that theoretically a single community member could be responsible for the frequent -1 votes. On the flipside, I as a single community member could change that by upvoting all the questions I would like to see on this site. While I like andselisk's idea of monitoring questions for a given time-period in the future, I am afraid I tainted the ...


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There have been (so the legendary mother meta makes us believe) instances where users were gaming the system by down voting every answer other than theirs, and later undid this to get back the down vote penalty. Within the first five minutes, you can change your vote (almost as often as you wish); then it will be locked until the question/answer gets ...


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Check out "When should I vote". It's more specific to Stack Overflow, but it should give you an idea. The aim of SE is to provide Q&As that will be searchable and useful to a large amount of people. So, if you feel that a question is well researched, on topic and asking for omething that others will find useful, upvote it. Similarly, if you feel that ...


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Following up on Karsten's SEDE query, the following is a plot of the fraction of votes that were upvotes, by month. There isn't anything enormously surprising there. I would not expect the fraction upvotes to hold steady. It would be interesting to compare this data to the frequency of close votes. The following shows vote totals: Interesting is the large ...


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I think this question is somewhat equivalent to asking "do we appreciate questions from new members", since I'm guessing it's the new members who most typically ask the questions that get down-voted and/or closed. [Aside: Can Karsten's query be filtered to look at downvotes for new members (say, < 1month and/or <200 rep, or however you ...


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While I may be countering the official site guidelines for up/downvoting in what I write below, the fact that up/downvoting is so obviously subjective justifies this answer. While the rate at which I dish out votes fluctuates according to mood (:-)) I try to err on the side of voting up, because this site requires positive energy. I am much more likely to ...


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