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While I think this is a great post (+1) and there is clearly room for more voting (up, down, questions, answers, close, open), I think we need to be clear it best to vote appropriately, don't vote just for the sake of voting. I also feature strongly on the User by vote list, I don't try and vote on every post, I don't try to vote if I don't understand the ...


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If you can find a way to make the answer sound nicer without changing the meaning, I'd prefer that solution. Otherwise, consider whether it actually answers the question and, if not, flag it as "not an answer."


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As a rule of thumb, if I decide to invest any time into a question, be it providing an answer or leaving a comment, then I feel obligated to provide an upvote for the question as well. If you take the time to read through a question, and you feel like you might be somewhat interested in knowing the answer, or you provide an answer, then take the time to ...


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As the help center says, voting on meta is different (and more complicated). Part of it is the same: Like normal Stack Exchange sites, Meta allows members to vote on questions and answers. For most posts, votes reflect the perceived usefulness: well-written, well-reasoned, well-researched posts tend to get more attention and more upvotes. Highly-voted and ...


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While it would be great if people did leave explanation of downvotes, if there isn't one, we already have a default position as to what it means: Generally there is the tooltip message: For a question - This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful For an answer - This answer is not useful And additionally on meta for a ...


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On meta, votes indicate agreement or disagreement, unlike on the main site where they mean you need a bath, are a living brain donor, and that a recent ancestor of yours was a chimpanzee. Note that no rep is gained or lost due to votes on meta posts. A downvote therefore says "I disagree". Sometimes that's all that needs to be said. It is certainly nice ...


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