Not all voters are necessarily big GD users.
A person mostly hanging on stackexhange or a person who just wants to know the answer, might look at this differently.
Of the questions the apple effect one is somewhat genuinely interesting. Although i haven voted because it does not show any effort. Note this post is on the hot list so expect it to have a lot of ...
This complaint is a recurring issue: you are hardly the first to dislike tutorial-on-demand answers, nor the first to post about them.
Case in point:
What to do with tutorial requests? -- part II
Changing how we handle low-effort and tutorial-on-demand questions
Why do how-to requests bother you?
Why is everything suddenly "too broad"?
We have looked into this.
The serial voting was not a serial vote for your account, or a specific Q or A from you.
Rather, the user whose votes have been retracted, cast over 50 votes in the span of a single second on dozens of different accounts. Your account was one of the lucky ones. Obviously, this triggered the suspicious voting pattern and votes were ...
Some reasons why people voted up such questions:
They wanted to ask the same (or similar) question, and now they don't need to think how to formulate it, because they found it done, so they are genuinely thankful that someone do the work for them.
They accidentally found
the nice answer, or
the answer to their own problem, or
the interesting feature or ...
Down votes already contain stock explanations:
For a question: "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful."
For an answer: "This answer is not useful."
I think these are pretty clear. Simply hover your cursor over the down vote arrow to see them.
I don't feel down votes are "superfluous" in a community driven site. ...