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What is the benefit to later readers in seeing the vote counts on answers A and B? Questions on ME sites are supposed to be interesting for non-expert readers as well. A layperson benefits from reading an answer that hits the nail on the head (at least more than from reading one that misses the nail entirely) but may not be able to recognize such an answer &...


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I agree with Scott. .


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You wrote when I ask a question on MathOverflow, or any StackExchange Site, and I either upvote or downvote an answer written by a high-reputation user ... I very frequently get a corresponding upvote or downvote on my question shortly thereafter. It's not clear from that phrasing whether the answer you upvoted is to the question on which you receive the ...


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What is the benefit to have such a system at all? For each question, there are many perspectives on it. Various presentations can reach wider audiences, if they are on topic, well written, and show some degree of relevance. The StackExchange platform is intended to encourage good questions that others can use, as well as good answers to those questions. ...


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See What is serial voting and how does it affect me? Basically, there are systems in place that prevent serial voting. For example, someone may find one or two of your answers as really good and upvote a whole bunch of others without reading1. On the other hand, a malicious user may give you many downvotes. Such strings of serial upvoting or downvoting in ...


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There's a meta stackexchange thread on this topic, here: Cancelling upvote on comment?. In brief, you can change your mind -- "upvoting" again undoes the upvote -- provided that you do it quickly (within 60 seconds) and without navigating away from the page. Otherwise, no, you can't take it back as far as I'm aware. It would be nice to not have to decide ...


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I messed around a little with the spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkdAf5FqZ2CBdDJfdDFvVXFuSkxYQU1YeFpJaVM0MlE&usp=sharing My new columns are: ratio of votes/external votes. (Note that i used the quotient function which rounds the quotient to the nearest integer) comments. In the comments i was concerned about questions with ...


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There is only one group of users that can see who voted on specific posts and that is SE employees with developer access. Not all SE employees have that kind of access, only those that need it for their work (developers and the community team, mostly). And even then they can't easily see this information on their own posts (though devs could check in the ...


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Users cannot see who voted on things. It is physically possible but extraordinarily unlikely that someone is monitoring your vote count and correlating that with her/his score. Moderators can see some voting information, but I don't think it would be proper to spell out the details. You may be seeing correlations for the following reason: When an old ...


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When points are not involved, such as on community wiki questions and on meta, votes are mostly used for sorting: upvote what you think is valuable or important, downvote what you think is of negative value or distractive. This way, topics that the community finds most important or otherwise valuable rise to the top of this list.


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Here is a spreadsheet with more extensive data on the 385 posts with at least two "external" votes. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avlld30uD7CodHdLVmJUUV90RHlSSkVTVVVydmtOc1E&usp=sharing The columns are: Post ID. Total post upvotes minus downvotes (regardless of origin). Total post upvotes from users whose only points are from the ...


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Thanks that you brought this question up again. The only answer for the question that you have mentioned was from François. And, if I understood his argument correctly, the main reason behind up-vote/down-vote system on meta is to bring the valuable questions to the top of this list. If we accept this, we can go with Stefan's suggestion and make the voting ...


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