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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Of your 65 answers to date, you've written 59 in the last ten days. If you continued at that pace for very long, you would become one of the most prolific answerers of questions in our community. ...
rob's user avatar
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Rob's answer covers most of the ground, but I'll chime in with some additional comments. I hope that I create enough reputation and put my Stackexchange reputation in my CV. So, the reputation points ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Chosen answers with many negative votes

Part of the problem is that we are not always sympathetic to questions from the less experienced physics fans. In this case the question had attracted two downvotes and no answers by the time I added ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Is PSE getting "flash mob" questions?

Afaict this is caused by "hot network questions". A question that is approachable to laymen sees a burst of interest which gets it into the hot network questions list. This brings in a hoard of ...
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Why are many of my questions closed?

Without specific instances, it is hard to say. But I have looked through your list of questions available to me (you may have deleted more, but I can't see those), I challenge your assertions. Of 27 ...
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Asking for an upvote to my *correct* answer to a 5-year-old question

Honestly, asking people to upvote your answer is considered to be in bad taste. So the blunt answer is no, we won't upvote your answer because you asked us to. What you can do, however, is post a ...
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Should existing vote tally ever be considered when voting?

Users are encouraged to vote. You decide what are quality posts on Phys.SE and what are not. Voting should always be based on content, never on previous votes. E.g. comfort-voting is strongly ...
Qmechanic's user avatar
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Are people voting less than they used to on Physics SE?

These statistics are included in the site analytics page (25k+ rep). There is generally a lull in posting rates in the summer and over the winter holidays, but the trend on the votes is less marked. ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Can anyone show me any mathematical equation in duplicate?

The most-upvoted answer to that question is a great example of discussing mathematics as opposed to doing mathematics. The meat of the answer is [T]he real problem is not so much ...
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Why did someone downvote my question without reading it completely?

All disciplines have their specialised language i.e. terms that have precise meanings. Some of these terms my be unique to the discipline while others will be terms used in everyday life but ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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We can see downvotes on answers by seeing the reputation of a user

Only you can see the -1s that come from downvoting. If I look at your reputation history the SE hides the -1s from downvoting so I cannot see them. In principle some careful observation could detect ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Vote locked in till the answer or question is edited

You can get notified when posts are edited by using the Stack Overflow Extras extension script. However it's been declined on the mother meta. If you were able to change your vote on a post as much ...
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Why is this question being downvoted?

This is a typical check-my-work problem that IMO is not terribly interesting beyond answering a specific question by the OP. I didn’t downvote the question, but I did vote to close: there’s nothing ...
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Why did I get 20 reputation without any upvote or bookmark?

FWIW, the -4 negative reputation points for the 2 downvotes (which were cast before the upvotes) were exceptionally not counted because that would have resulted in a total non-positive reputation for ...
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Once a question has retained one net upvote, is it undesirable for each answerer to upvote it?

You should up vote any question you think deserves an up vote. Usually this is for reasons such as it fits well on the site, it is clear, etc. I don't think there needs to be anything beyond this. We ...
BioPhysicist's user avatar
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Users > Voters on Meta Page: I cannot be the only one voting this month!

It seems the page is only showing users with $\geq 10$ votes presumably by design.
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Why aren't my questions marked as hot?

The formula used to determine 'hotness' (at least, to give the comparative ranking within each SE site) is publicly documented and does not take any account of view counts - it is based exclusively on ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Should I prefer the most up-voted answer or the accepted answer?

I would personally suggest using the most upvoted answer, when compared to a negatively scored accepted answer. That is because the "Accepted Answer" only reflects what the person asking the question ...
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Please down vote questions carefully

I think that you're making a big mistake in essentially assuming that ones own voting behavior should be based on that of others. To me, a person's vote is nothing more than that person's personal ...
Danu's user avatar
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Is showing thanks via serial upvoting acceptable?

No. Votes on answers (or questions) should be votes on answers (or questions) - upvoting or downvoting answers because of their authors instead of their content defeats the whole purpose of voting.
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Has there been an increase in upvoting recently?

The mod analytics tools show no remarkable trends - the total number of upvotes and downvotes over a time period correlates with the total number of posts made in that time period pretty well, and the ...
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Is it appropriate to deny the right to vote for a person?

Users with over just 25 reputation are allowed to cast upvotes. It is only downvoting that requires 125 reputation. There are good reasons for this, primarily, it's because the SE think's it's more ...
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Where is the downvote?

As shown on your reputation tab, the user unaccepted your answer, causing you to lose 15 rep from the accept bonus. For the record: You posted the answer on May 24 OP accepted your answer on May 30 ...
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How do answers with a score of zero affect the reputation?

The exact algorithm that Stack Exchange uses to identify problematic users has never been revealed but I doubt having a zero voted answer matters (your answer has no upvotes nor downvotes). By ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Why is the most voted question "how to cool my coffee with a spoon"?

As explained in this comment under the question, that question was linked by a very popular science-communication-humor website, which drove a big spike in traffic and votes about three years after ...
rob's user avatar
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Why am I shown a banner which suggests I add a comment whenever I downvote?

That notification has been there for many years at least. Note that it is a request, not a demand. If you want to downvote without leaving a comment, that's your prerogative. No one's saying that ...
Chris's user avatar
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How should we deal with upvoted incorrect answers?

There are no flags for this situation by design. The purpose of flagging is to bring a post which requires moderator action to the attention of the moderators (though it may make its way through a ...
David Z's user avatar
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Should votes be made visible only upon request?

Ideally, questions and answers should be evaluated on their merits. I agree that the displayed score can bias subsequent votes to some degree, but that's actually inherent in the design of the Stack ...
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible