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In past few months, there are a devastatingly few number of users that cast up votes, and many of users aren't coming back to site, and existing users don't have so much reputation, because no one is voting up great questions / answers.

So... let me start like this..

THIS IS REALLY DEVASTATING

We all need to vote up users and try to answer their questions, so we can get more users answering / asking questions. Main reason I'm writing this post is because this is great site, but we need new regular users that are going to vote and ask questions. I think it all came down to 20-30 active users, and rest of users aren't so active.

I'm relatively new to site. I've decided to use it because it helped me a lot, and I'm doing my best to answer the questions. My main concern is also that my answers also don't get any vote up.

So... I'll let it all out. I think that main concern that we need to focus on is motivation.

WE NEED TO MOTIVATE OTHERS TO VOTE. And we all can do that if we vote other users up.

That's from my perspective. Even one vote up motivates you to go further.

I think that I explained what I mean. :) It's all in VOTE UP!

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  • $\begingroup$ I'll also point out that we have a very ridiculous amount of questions that no one has selected an answer for. A lot are one time users, others are not. Least this week we do.. which as its the holidays.. I feel like people have been good with +1ing answers lately. $\endgroup$ – StarWind0 Dec 28 '16 at 22:39
  • $\begingroup$ We're more than a year later, and not come any further. It is a pity to see that e.g. the large forums like Thingiverse get a lot of people and questions while that site lacks the search and voting capabilities of the SE concept. It is really disappointing to see that good answers never get accepted nor that good answers get upvoted. $\endgroup$ – 0scar Apr 29 '18 at 6:41
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I completely agree! I just posted my own reminder, focusing more on efforts to get us out of Beta.

I'm sorry you can feel discouraged sometimes, I think a lot of users around the Stack Exchange network can feel that way at times.

I think people sometimes forget that an up-vote to an answer isn't necessarily that it was helpful to you, specifically. But, rather that the answer is a good quality answer and will be useful to others as well!

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  • $\begingroup$ While it is important to votes and vote often, it is worth remembering that we shouldn't just vote willy-nilly. I have noticed that some beta sites, especially in the early days, tend to get rather frenzied voting, which one does not necessarily see in the more established sites, where the voting has settled down and only the (oft mentioned) awesome answers are voted for. $\endgroup$ – Greenonline Dec 10 '16 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ Voting seems to have been lacking on this site specifically though. We receive a lot of new Stack Exchange users that don't continually come back. So it's hard to teach people the etiquette of voting $\endgroup$ – tbm0115 Dec 10 '16 at 17:43
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    $\begingroup$ I fully agree with voting on quality rather than just content. I believe the best answers will get more votes anyway, so just bumping all decent answers up one level just keep the site rolling and motivates users. Of course, if the answer isn't good or simply incorrect, there will be no upvote either (but perhaps a comment). :) $\endgroup$ – Tormod Haugene Dec 10 '16 at 22:27
  • $\begingroup$ I fully agree with both question and answer. Voting is very important on SE sites and helps with growing a steady userbase. $\endgroup$ – Mast Dec 12 '16 at 17:15
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Strangely enough, I was thinking (prior to reading this post) that this particular SE site was quite good w.r.t. the voting, when compared to some other sites. Most of my questions/answers have received votes, whereas on other (nameless) sites, I have posted a number of questions/answers and not received [m]any votes at all. However, this must be my (inaccurate) perception, as the stats shows that the voting is not at the desired levels.

While it is important to votes and vote often, it is worth remembering that we shouldn't just vote willy-nilly. I have noticed that some beta sites, especially in the early days, tend to get rather frenzied (or, if you will, overly enthusiastic) voting, which one does not necessarily see in the more established sites, where the voting has settled down and only the (oft mentioned) awesome answers are voted for. This overly enthusiastic voting can sometimes end up giving random votes to questions that are not particularly researched, or answers that are not fully accurate, which maybe do not deserve any votes at all.

I am not sure why this (comparatively) frenzied voting occurs, or why it dies down, nor am I sure what (which?) level of voting is appropriate - although it is obvious that poorly researched questions and inaccurate answers should not be voted up.

Regardless, I would agree that voting does act as an incentive to contribute to the site, as well as the idea that voting for a good question, or accurate answer, even if that question/answer does not apply directly to you, because it will help other users. Indeed the latter is the entire premise of Stack Exchange.

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    $\begingroup$ Btw, @Greenonline, nice work with all the edits! :-) $\endgroup$ – Tormod Haugene Dec 10 '16 at 22:29
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So, I'm the first who got Electorate badge. Go guys and fetch that badge. You can only get that badge by voting. This is a very young SE site, and there's need for users that vote, because voting is encouraging others to post and to discuss.

Cheers once again and remember to vote up!

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Hmm yeah we might have a minor problem. I know most of my rep is disportionately from question acceptance and unusually low for +1s. I wonder if it has to do with any active member being able to be on the top 50 list their first month, thus people maybe hoarding their upvotes trying to be number one?

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    $\begingroup$ There is a certain amount of reputation bias as a result of being on a SE site earlier. However, there are many blogs/podcasts on how to achieve higher reputation. Most of it stems from answering early and how you format your questions/answers. A little styling goes a long way. $\endgroup$ – tbm0115 Dec 15 '16 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ True, I know that how I was answering questions last year was pittiful compared to my current answers. I hope to have more such improvements this year ;-) That said interesting enough on Android stack overflow and others most of my rep is for +1s on answers 3 or 4 answers after the first. Here however yes most of the time if I answer first I get the acceptance. $\endgroup$ – StarWind0 Dec 15 '16 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ You can check the voting stats here. That said, I can't really see why people would be hoarding votes. However, as tbm0115 points out in their comment some anomalies do occur. $\endgroup$ – Greenonline Feb 11 '17 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ Going to have to get on @darth pixel s case $\endgroup$ – StarWind0 Feb 12 '17 at 0:06

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