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When we started this site in 2014, we encouraged everyone to vote early and often, and people did. Now this site is not young anymore. In the past 5 years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of active users, page views, and posts. Unfortunately, this has not been accompanied by an increase in votes.

Please vote for quality content!

The past 3 months saw the lowest ever amount of voting on this site. This quarter, only 16 users have cast at least 10 votes. This is a problem, because voting is important:

  • Voting distinguishes top quality content from mediocre content
  • Voting helps users find good posts
  • Voting motivates both askers and answerers in continuing to provide good quality content.
  • And voting is free┬╣!

So, please don't forget to vote!


┬╣Downvoting answers costs a very small (1 rep) amount of reputation.

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    $\begingroup$ The system favours people who fire out random answers en mass and ignores those who take an hour or so to research an answer. If that continues, i'll be on my way again. $\endgroup$ – user18411 Dec 29 '19 at 8:46
  • $\begingroup$ I agree, writing 20 answers (and getting a single upvote each time from the OP as a thank you) is a far better strategy for getting reputation than a single well researched answer - which arguably has a far greater value to the site. We're rewarding the wrong kind of behaviour. $\endgroup$ – Will Jan 30 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Will Your posts seem reasonably well voted for here? $\endgroup$ – gerrit Jan 30 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @gerrit, you're right, I'm not complaining that I don't get enough upvotes! I'm suggesting that if I wanted to just gain reputation (for bragging rights, to make it look like I know what I'm doing, whatever) or suffered from a crippling case of Dunning Kruger - the current system wouldn't deal with that. Getting a single upvote per shoddy answer is a more efficient method of gaining reputation than a smaller number of high quality answers. $\endgroup$ – Will Jan 31 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Will That is true, and that problem exists throughout the Stack Exchange network and has been frequently complained about. See also the Fastest Gun in the West problem. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Jan 31 at 8:57

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