…sometimes feels that I'm the only person voting it up.
Trust me, I know the feeling. ;)
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I especially don't get it when a person answers a good question but still doesn't upvote it. Maybe the answer occupies all the brain cells required to upvote…
Personally, I tried to blame “egos”, “lack of motivation”, “missing knowledge about the fact they can vote”, and some other things my brain tried to inject as a potential explanation. But nothing really fits.
In the end, I settled with the conclusion that Crypto.SE members just don’t tend to vote that much. I’m just happy we get ample answers around here, which I always considered a prime priority for Crypto.SE.
Nevertheless, I definitely agree that it can’t hurt to drop some votes every now and then.
An answer is just half the motivation for our members (especially the new ones) and a simple click on that upvote link can mean the world for someone starting out here… especially, since it helps to gain some basic priviledges new members need to earn so they can really suck the merrit out of this site.
… we don't upvote questions enough.
That’s my feeling too, which is why I think your call-for-action makes sense. Yet, I’ld like to expand it to a more general “we don’t (up)vote enough”.
As our meta voting stats and main site voting stats show, some of us surely do try to share their +1 whenever it makes sense… but it indeed seems as if only a small group of motivated people actually votes frequently.
Maybe it’s time to remember voting is a social thing; a way of saying “thanks” and/or “I like it”. Everyone should try to do it every now and then. And there is no reason not to do so… after all, we’re talking about +1 votes here, and not those -1 votes people tend to avoid because they practically cost you a precious point or two.
Crypto.SE managed to graduate, now it’s time to work on the details to make this site even better by sharing opinions via (social) voting. Your vote is your voice… show members that their question or answer is a good one and that you appreciate the effort they’ve put into it.
Upvoting only takes a single click – and comes with a free, nice feeling of having shared some kudos.