Why is the number of upvotes on any question on GD SE so
disproportionate to the number of users and views?
More than likely a lot of our questions are probably in fact people that have come to the site from a Google search and they are unaware of how to vote or are registered. Also, some questions, to an experienced Adobe user aren't helpful at all so they possibly don't merit a vote because they are not against or for a question or answer or it can be viewed as the member doesnt find the question helpful. The count could even be bot hits, and I only say that after spending some time using phpBB.
What is making it so hard for people to say 'that's a little helpful,
While I respect your view but I think you should also consider the amount of Adobe questions we tend to get. While I once was at the stage of a new user I was not fortunate enough to have a site like this where I could theoretically search for how to do something in Illustrator. That said Adobe questions to users that generally have a large rep serve little purpose because they do not find the question helpful. BUT that doesn't mean I wont vote on a question that I was unaware of that could be done in an Adobe software or any software.
Another issue I have, I tend to not vote a lot on Gimp or Inkscape questions/answers. Why? Because Im not an expert in it nor practice in said questions. So if I see a question I will always edit the question to its best but typically I do know we may have a similar question already made that could be referenced. If there is an answer for either software I may not upvote because I do not know the accuracy of the answer.
Same rule applies for font ID questions. I like the questions only because I can practice identifing aspects of the font but honestly some effort put into the question with a few Google searches and the OP could find that font.
What's your criteria for an upvote?
- Does the question show effort.
- Does the question show an example.
- Does the question show a search had been completed.
- Is the question understandable.
- Is the question somewhat similar to what could be done with prior questions.
- Is the question interesting to me.
- Did the question raise an issue I was unaware of.
- Is the question something that I think is a good fit for the site.
- Is the answer clear/understandable.
- Is the answer a link only answer.
- Does the answer show examples/images.
- Does the answer in fact answer the OP's question.
To conclude, would it kill y'all to vote a bit more?
Same rule could apply for downvoting. We see a lot of issues flagged and a lot of disagrees or debates going on with answers that they should clearly be downvoted but aren't. It would appear a majority of members dislike link only answers but the ratio of downvotes to the answer aren't there.
After said all this. I think we should keep in mind:
- Amount of views we get a day.
- If a member understands the question/answer.
- If a member or someone finds the question/answer helpful.
- Could the question be answered with a little practice.