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Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk (7.4k35097) | asked Aug 13 '14, 2:46 a.m.
Hi all,
There is a best practice on stackoverflow that you are voting up valuable questions too. Anyway I don't see it on jazz.net. Is there any reason behind that (e.g. all our questions are poor :D)?

Can we start also voting up the questions?

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Ralph Schoon (60.7k33643) | answered Aug 13 '14, 5:13 a.m.
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Krzysztof,

there are very few users that actually vote, unfortunately. I am not sure why either. I think it would be a great help if users would use this more often.

I have seen voting down questions picking up lately, which I find discouraging and think should be avoided. Even if there are users that don't spend reasonable thought on their questions and put too few data in them, I think a comment with a suggestion to provide the data and context needed would be appropriate.

I can't tell how much traffic we have day by day, but there are a lot notable questions out there. If they have been read these many times, the topic should be interesting and I would expect users to vote these up at least. It seems far less than one of ten readers actually vote.

Many might also not be aware that voting up articles places them into your "My Stuff". Unfortunately there is nothing that makes marking great answers and questions favorites makes them also easier to find in My stuff.

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Frank Schophuizen commented Aug 13 '14, 6:40 a.m.

The main reason I don't vote is that I wasn't aware of it, and what happens when I do.


Ralph Schoon commented Aug 13 '14, 6:49 a.m.
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When you vote, the person that asked, commented or answered gets a bump in the reputation. The question also gets a better like value if you vote it up. This makes it more prominent.

Number of likes is also key to some badges - again increasing reputation.

For people looking at questions and answers, this provides also guidance on relevance and quality.


Frank Schophuizen commented Aug 13 '14, 7:17 a.m. | edited Aug 13 '14, 7:17 a.m.

Where under "My stuff" do the questions appear that I have voted with "Like"?


Ralph Schoon commented Aug 13 '14, 7:27 a.m. | edited Aug 13 '14, 8:01 a.m.
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As i said, it works for Articles, but unfortunately there is no selection to see the ones you voted up. You can't see the vote there, you can't sort on liked etc, unfortunately. This would be a nice enhancement. Feel free to enter it here: https://jazz.net/jazz02/web/projects/Community%20Feedback#action=com.ibm.team.workitem.viewWelcome


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Geoffrey Clemm (30.0k23035) | answered Aug 13 '14, 9:29 a.m.
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I believe most question answering forums (e.g. ask.com, answers.yahoo) do not vote up or down the questions ... they only vote up or down the answers.   This is because if you have a question you need answered, you don't really care whether other people thought that was an interesting question.  On the other hand, discussion forums do vote up or down discussion topics, because some people are looking for "interesting discussions", as opposed to looking for an answer to their question.

So I personally do not expect people do vote questions up or down (except maybe using "vote down" as a way of quickly marking a question as spam).

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Ralph Schoon commented Aug 13 '14, 9:37 a.m.
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I have seen very interesting questions with content that was valid for many users - and the answers. I have voted them up as well, I think. But to some extent you are right, Often the answers are voted up. It would however be good if we could get votes on questions that are relevant to a  lot of people - and have some benefit in things like search and maybe My Stuff, if we can come up with good requirements.

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