Voting is important
Web Applications SE as well all the other Stack Exchange sites are run by the community. After posting questions and answers one of the most importants actions that users can do to help the community is to vote (see Why is voting important?). There are several types of votes, the basic are vote up (upvotes) and vote down (downvotes)
- vote up
Whenever you encounter a question, answer or comment that you feel is especially useful, vote it up!
- vote down
Downvotes should be used to indicate issues with quality, effort, or accuracy of a post
Vote up/down from anonymous users and users with low reputation, while are not included in the posts scores and doesn't impact on users reputation, they are logged as anonymous feedback which could be seen by users with the privilege access to moderator tools and help to better moderate this site.
Take your time for voting
- Avoid serial voting. Please read carefuly each post before voting.
- Avoid user targeted voting. Avoid focusing on voting only the posts of a single user. It's OK if looking at the main page, the questions page or the results page when searching for a tag or certain topics and you found many posts from the same user. When voting an answer, first read carefully the question and vote the answer considering the context provided by the question (is the answer actually answering the question?).
Rewards for vote up/down
On Web Applications, to those users who have earned the privilege to up vote and down vote, there are badges awarded to recognize users that have reached certain milestones:
- Supporter First up vote
- Critic First down vote
- Suffrage Use 30 votes in a day
- Vox Populi Use the maximum 40 votes in a day
- Sportmanship Up vote 100 answers on questions where an answer of yours has a positive score
- Electorate Vote on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on questions
Voting helps to mantain the community healthy.
- Helps to make good posts easier to find, i.e. when sorting by score.
- Helps to clean the site as posts with zero or negative scores, not enough comments and no answers will be "deleted" making easier to find helpful content. "Deleted" posts might be found by post authors, >10K rep, diamond moderators, staff and in https://data.stackexchange.com.
- Motivates community members to improve their posts and continue participating. Make them possible to earn privileges to increase their participation possibilities.
At the end, we will have a public repository of high quality content in the form of questions and answers.
If you have ideas to find neglected posts regarding voting, post each of them as a new answer to make it easier to ask clarification, provide feedback, and when needed coordinate follow-up actions.
If you have concerns about something different about voting up / down, i.e. unanswered posts, new tags, etc., please look if there is already a related post or add a new one.
Users with >10k rep.
There are 15 users >10k rep. For those that are part of thee group:
Access to the Anonymous and Low Reputation Post Feedback
- Click on Review Queues > Tools.
- Scroll to the Links section and click on anonymous and low rep post feedback (only available for users with reputation >= 10K.
From Meta Stack Exchange
- When should I vote?
- What are the limits on how I can cast, change, and retract votes?
- What is serial voting and how does it affect me?
Historical posts from this site
- What does voting mean and why is it important? from October 10th, 2010