Just below every MO question appears the following line set off in a box:

Remember to vote up questions/answers you find interesting or helpful (requires 15 reputation points)

My question: Should we too have something along these lines, to nudge people into voting up questions/answers that they like? I feel that we should: the reminder helps one remember translate one's appreciation into a vote.

I was prompted to ask this question by the rather low proportion of votes scored by even the most popular questions here. MO questions seem to score around twice as many votes for the same amount of popularity (~ views).


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It's an interesting idea, but I don't know how to implement it. We have system messages, and we can use one of those, but they are temporary by nature.

  • $\begingroup$ Here is some discussion at meta.MO about this. $\endgroup$
    – gphilip
    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ I think the link went missing. Also, the MO folks control their software: we don't... $\endgroup$ Sep 23, 2010 at 6:10
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    $\begingroup$ just added a system message to the main site. $\endgroup$ Sep 24, 2010 at 7:25
  • $\begingroup$ The message looks encouraging enough :). $\endgroup$
    – gphilip
    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ “You can earn a new badge 'Suffrage' if you use all 30 of your allocated votes in a day. Try it !” This is a nice encouragement. By the way, I earned the badge just before the message was changed to this (without knowing about the new badge), so yay! $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2010 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ actually I notice a lot of people who just earned it. $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2010 at 23:55

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