I'm not one of the big-regulars on this but lately it's come to my attention that almost every question on gamedev get's at least one up vote. But as I see it, some questions really don't deserve this upvote. A few examples:

V8 JavaScript Engine and Mac App Store (single line question)

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6478818/java-using-strings-as-code (got updvoted on gamedev, but doesn't belong here)

Bitmap & Object Collision Help (code sample is useless, question too vague)

As you can see all these questions got +1. But why? Do people get points for upvoting other threads?

I've also looked at the scoring of questions on the first 5 pages, there was only one question in the negative. That's not quite what I'm used too on the SE network. Of course we don't have to bash everyone around, but maybe people could check in on the scoring of questions?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Why is it a problem that the first question is clear and concise? \$\endgroup\$
    – user6347
    Jun 26, 2011 at 8:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ It doesn't show any effort, the person doesn't show if he tried to find it somewhere, why it could be a problem including V8, etc... It's just shoot and run. (on another note, isn't it funny I got one up :P) \$\endgroup\$
    – Roy T.
    Jun 26, 2011 at 8:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 I share your impression \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2011 at 21:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ you can always vote them down ;) (again) \$\endgroup\$ Jul 4, 2011 at 8:47

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I agree with what you're saying, but we generally have more of a problem with not enough voting than too much:


So on the scale of "things that harm a site" too much voting is fairly harmless.

That said, I suggest voting on these questions as you (or anyone else) deem appropriate to attain a balance. Remember that

If you see questions that, per the tooltip on the question downvote icon:

This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful (click again to undo)

Don't hesitate to vote appropriately!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey Jeff, thanks for your insights, I didn't know downvotes are now free, I didn't feel like trashing my rep because other people misvoted, but now I can correct the ones that really bother me (I will not retroactively do so though). :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Roy T.
    Jun 26, 2011 at 11:19

But why? Do people get points for upvoting other threads?


Electorate (gold): Voted on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on questions https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/badges?tab=general

Please note: "Questions" really means "questions" although some people think it means "posts".

The changes causing downvotes on questions not to result in reputation loss anymore was very recent and did not get broad attention.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Well, they don't get points for upvoting, they progress towards earning that badge. Badges don't come with reputation point bonuses, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Jun 29, 2011 at 1:16

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