I saw this question.

What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do?

It had two responses to it and had no upvotes. I upvoted.

It seemed odd that the question was worth flowing to and answering but was not worth upvoting.

Is there something about this question that deems it not worth upvoting?

My core question.

If a question is worth answering is it worth upvoting?

I typically go by this.


Here are my thoughts. So few people vote (compared to what would be ideal) that my method is this: If a question looks helpful in general, if not to you personally but it appears that it could help others, I upvote it. I end up upvoting the majority of the questions I come across (which is now 3,440 questions, out of the current total 4, 897). Even doing that, it's still a low voting site.

I think at this point, be free with votes. You are given 40 votes/day for a reason. Use as many as you can. As long as the post looks like it could help someone.

I also routinely scan for answers by new users and try to upvote them whenever possible. Try to reward whatever you can. I remember being warmly 'greeted' with upvotes and very friendly and encouraging comments when I joined in 2011, and that even before I understood really how the site was to work. Now I see more ignoring of new users posts. A click and a nice (welcoming/gently guiding) comment can make all the difference. For questions and answers.

Another thing I've found interesting is that if I average the score of my questions (142 total), the average score is 5.6., and I've accepted an answer on 99.97% of them. For my answers, (total 636) the average score is 3.4, with 54% of them accepted. So I find that at least for me, the questions are the ones that got the better welcome here, even though nearly all of them were filler questions I know the answers to, posted mainly for site activity. I found that somewhat odd.

I've seen the voting pick up in the recent weeks, and am seeing more participation from newer users, in voting. It's awesome. But we could still use more.


If you found it interesting, it was definitely worth upvoting. How others vote is not something we can worry too much about. Unfortunately, we can't really tell people how to vote beyond presenting general guidelines (and the BH post you cite is a great set). We also, unfortunately can't make people vote, which, as a couple of recent meta posts here have mentioned is a problem and does affect site health here.

So really, all you can control is how you vote, and you did the right thing, that's great, keep it up!

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    While agree with you about control of others, I can't MAKE a child take out the trash, I think it's important to wash rinse and repeat a message that it's in everybodies self interest to vote on others questions. The badges in SE revolve around giving. Reward based systems focus on the human nature of receiving to get pleasure, satisfaction and affirmation of their efforts. If human beings do not receive a pleasure reward for a voluntary act they are less likely to continue the involuntary act. It's important to remind each other to vote. Any reminder to any participant is worthy. :-) – Citizen Jan 28 '16 at 5:29

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