This is not a new topic, it was also discussed in March 2011. We can see how many users vote, and how much.

Voting has many benefits:

How do we get people to vote more?
(And how can we objectively measure whether they don't already vote a lot?)

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We can't force people to vote. There is no way to do it. No SE site has found a way, anyway.

I have my own set of rules in regard to voting:

  • if I answer a question, I always vote. If I decide to "dignify" a question with an answer, I "dignify" it with a vote. Here on parenting it's always an upvote, not always so on SO.
  • if I can understand the question immediately, I almost always eventually deem it worth upvoting. Short, simple questions are often the best questions
  • questions difficult to understand deserve to be "put on hold". I don't usually downvote if I don't know what the question is about - but a temporary closure intil the question's problems are resolved works well.
  • bad formatting and lack of puctuation marks is often a good hint for a downvote. If someone doesn't take the time to write the question properly, he usually doesn't take time to think it over. Many bad questions are terribly spelled.
  • I didn't mean force. I meant marketing, persuasion, encouragement. Jan 16, 2014 at 11:31
  • @TorbenGundtofte-Bruun I know you did, I actually did too. Still, no way to do it has been found yet.
    – Dariusz
    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:49

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