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Voting is the act of formally indicating a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice. Use this with questions relating to voting.

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Is it a good idea to let a user view who's visited their profile page? Why or why not?

I am building a social media platform. I am considering implementing a function to let users view recent visitors to their profile page. Is it a good idea to let a user view who's visited or viewed ...
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Should I do anything to protect, or even privilege, minority opinions on my site?

My site focuses on the controversial topic of hard-boiled-egg-breaking. Most of my users are from the hit-round-ends school, but a few are from the hit-pointy-ends school. These two groups struggle ...
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As a moderator, how can I resolve a tie in voting between contradictory answers to a policy discussion?

I feel we are in a bit of an awkward position on Engineering SE at present due to a three-way tie between answers to a scoping question. The question defines a particular category of question on the ...
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Overcoming targeted viewing?

On a Stack Exchange community I moderate, we have received some complaints about what appears to be targeted voting. Targeted voting is where somebody goes through another user's posts voting for (or ...
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How should new members of an organizations' leadership pledge to uphold its core purpose and values?

In my mission-driven organization, we believe its important for newly accepted members of the leadership to take a pledge to follow and uphold the core purpose and values. What are ways that other ...
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Electing one person versus electing several: are the considerations for choosing a voting scheme different?

When a community elects leaders (a board of trustees, moderators, officers, etc), that community must first determine a voting scheme. There are lots of different voting schemes out there, and they ...
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Does adding ability to upvote/downvote posts cause users to post less?

After ability to up/downvote posts was added on a forum, I've gotten the impression that users are posting less. I'm not sure if it's just a hunch or a fact, and the platform doesn't provide ...
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Do downvotes affect the health of a small community?

I am building a subreddit community and looking at similar subreddits for ideas on how to improve my user engagement. One thing that I have been noticing is that the smaller communities often have a ...
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Are there any bad side effects of having a Dislike or Downvote button on a forum-based community? [duplicate]

We are still developing our forum community, and we're going to be having a "like button" where users can like a post or replies that they find interesting or like a post from a reputable or ...
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How effective are popularity contests as a way to recruit and build community membership?

Imagine a community one of whose activities is running contests where the winner from a set of finalists is determined by popularity (i.e. most votes). A feature of these popularity contests would be ...
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How can I mitigate some of the more harmful effects of anonymous downvoting on the community?

This question is about a Stack Exchange site, but may also apply to other sites with similar voting mechanisms. Stack Exchange, for better or worse, allows anonymous downvoting. People are strongly ...
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How can I encourage voting?

On a (SE) site I participate (along with other non-SE sites), I currently face the problem that users don't vote as much as I would like them to. If they see content, they usually click it, read it ...
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How to prevent "drive by" voting in my forum's contest?

I'm a moderator at a small phpBB forum and we recently held a writing contest. The winners to be decided by a standard phpBB poll. Our goal was to determine the best story, based on the judgement of ...
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Periodic confirmation votes for moderators and administrators

When moderators or administrators are selected by community election, what are the pros and cons of scheduled confirmation votes? For example on English Wikipedia, barring death or extreme events, ...
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How can pile-on voting be combated?

Sites like reddit and sites on the StackExchange network have posts that can be voted up or voted down to rate their usefulness. On some posts that have many votes in a certain direction, many users ...
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How to identify partisan voting groups and effectively get rid of the continuous problem?

Let us say for instance, there is a community which has a problem of it's voting system being abused by the users. Users who come together and vote on each others posts or posts of a certain topics ...