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Voting at chemistry.se is less

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 ...
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Sins of a User: I upvote low quality answers by new users to encourage them to contribute more...is this bad?

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, ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

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 ...
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Let's not forget to pay tribute to questioner if the question is good enough

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 ...
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Meta: too much talking, too little action, and a proposed solution

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Let's not forget to pay tribute to questioner if the question is good enough

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Meta: too much talking, too little action, and a proposed solution

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

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 ...
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Why can't I take back a downvote of an answer?

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 ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Do we appreciate questions?

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 ...
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Why is my question about the nature and mechanism of "white fumes" from bottles of concentrated ammonia and HCl in close proximity so down-voted?

Frankly, I'm a fair bit surprised too. I don’t think this number of downvotes is justified, but I would try to list possible weak parts from my point of view: As I commented (more on that below), in ...
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Do we appreciate questions?

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 ...
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Let's not forget to pay tribute to questioner if the question is good enough

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 ...
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