Basically a up-vote in a question or answer means it is clear and useful, but I feeling people are not giving so much importance to that.

Are Q&A not being so good as expected?

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    I'm especially noting a lack of votes on questions, while I understand the answers are often of a higher quality than the question itself, they did results in insightful answers, so it can't be that bad right?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Feb 20, 2011 at 13:37
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    I'd like to draw more attention to this topic, I see this behavior more and more as the community's slowly growing, but I'm not seeing the votes as much. May 26, 2011 at 11:06
  • Thanks for your comment @Eric. Also see this related post on blog.stackoverflow.com. I frequently see good questions with few votes.
    – Johnny
    May 26, 2011 at 14:32
  • By the way... wouldn't it be the same as meta.pm.stackexchange.com/questions/254/upvoting-questions?
    – Tiago Cardoso Mod
    Dec 9, 2011 at 16:25

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In my opinion, there should be a few more downvotes, not because we want to be mean, but because we desperately need more depth to the site. Downvotes communicate that the answer or question is not a good question or answer.

If you read the FAQ, downvotes can be changed to upvotes if the question or answer is edited and improved. They're not permanent, and we shouldn't be afraid to use them as a tool to help this site make it past beta.

We should also leave comments with a downvote to help the OP or answerer improve. If the question or answer is improved via constructive edits, then please consider voting up the question or answer.

  • +1 I agree with downvotes to help this site, but sometimes I feel that people don't really read all the answers to evaluate whether they are useful. The most recent answers with 0 votes, sometimes, seems to be forgotten.
    – Johnny
    Feb 17, 2011 at 9:30
  • Maybe there was an upvote combined with a downvote. Once you reach a certain reputation threshold, you can see that some 0 score answers actually have upvotes and downvotes.
    – jmort253
    Feb 18, 2011 at 8:37
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    +1 for the combo 'downvote + comment'. I hate downvotes without proper comments.
    – Tiago Cardoso Mod
    Dec 8, 2011 at 18:51

I would say that the reason there hasn't been a lot of voting is related to this meta question es have a core essentially pleading with people to avoid broad and beginner questions.

The beta is composed of a core group of subject matter experts reading and evaluating some incredibly basic questions. If their reaction is 'ho hum', I'm not surprised. It's only been a few days and we're already collecting 'Best of' questions. Yeah, I answered it ;-) but I wouldn't expect people to up vote it. But they do.

That said, I think the goal should be to try to write great questions and provide thoughtful answers. I prefer to see the SO either accept an answer or update their question with a reason why after a reasonable amount of time, but lack of votes one way or the other doesn't affect me much.


Wouldn't it be due to the amount of users we currently have in the community?

Checking all time users, there's around 20 users with 1k+ reputation. On the top of my head, thinking of 'active pm users', I just remember a dozen of names, which are actively participating on the forum.

Let's think half of them consider a question really useful, and we'll have around 5 upvotes.

On a glance, the most upvoted questions could easily have come from search engines... and besides, it's not a huge amount of upvotes, either (28 votes so far on the most voted question).

So, I'd say it's not a matter of discussing in meta why questions are not being upvoted. Most of the folks around meta are upvoters (I guess, hehe). It's a matter of spread the word about pm.stackexchange.

One more thing: I'd guess that part of a forum activity evaluation could be based on the average of users / up + downvotes. This information could be compared to other SO forums... then we could know how slow/fast we're growing.

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    I totally agree with you Tiago. Thanks for your answer! Initially I thought that votes would make more difference, but I think that it is more like a metric of relevance to PMSE users.. also it is very nice suggestion to measure avarage users/up+down votes, maybe Jeff or Jmort should look at this.
    – Johnny
    Dec 16, 2011 at 13:53

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