This is an almost exact duplicate of this question, which did not receive any answer. I find the fact that this problem is the same as 5 years ago very odd.

I participate in this stack for more or less a year and I notice a very little recourse to upvotes. There are many questions that are well formatted (for instance, proper species identification questions) which are not upvoted at all. Sometimes, even questions with answers are not upvoted - see this one with an answer from Remi.b and this one that has two answers and only one upvote, which is mine. I really do not understand this behaviour - either the question is bad, and as such it is not answered, downvoted etc, or it is good and as such it deserves an upvote, and when possible an answer.

I find that this lack of reward through upvotes is one of the causes of the poor participation of users to this site.

Why is that? Do you agree with my analysis?

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    $\begingroup$ I can only speak for myself, but so-called reputation is not the major motivator for my participation here. $\endgroup$ – canadianer Aug 6 '18 at 8:13
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    $\begingroup$ @canadianer well, as a 14k-rep user you already have access to all the major mod privileges. I see that much more participation is necessary in this site than in other stacks to get access to the same privileges. $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Aug 6 '18 at 15:10
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed @canadianer is a rock on this site and has participated for a long time here and has answered 280+ questions, about 10 times as much as you, nearly spot on the difference in rep between them and you :) Having said that, I think about half of my rep has come in from hot questions. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Oct 8 '18 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ @AliceD I'm not challenging at all the participation of canadianer, and I agree with you on their role in this site. This does not change my observation: on the 47 first questions I can see on my mobile, 12 have one or even two answers and no upvote, which means 25% of the questions were deemed good enough to be answered but not good enough to receive an upvote. In my opinion, reputation is there to measure people engagement AND to encourage them to engage more. So, why are there so many questions with no upvotes here? $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Oct 8 '18 at 21:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Alice Just for a quick comparison, number of questions with 0 votes/1+ answers in other sites now: Bioinformatics 6, Academia 9 (1 on hold), Beer wine and spirits 3, ELU 10, History 1, Medical sciences 2, Music practice and theory 7, Politics 3 (1 on hold), Seasoned advice 7 (1 on hold), The great outdoor 1 (1 closed). I tried to not pick informatics-related sites, which I expect to have a much higher user volume than Bio.SE. $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Oct 8 '18 at 21:40
  • $\begingroup$ I certainly agree people should vote more, also downvoting is done hesitantly. I'm promoting voting for years. It doesn't really work here somehow, Note that scientific stacks have the disadvantage that often simple questions have one answer. That repels other users from writing another answer. In turn this reduces visibility and voting. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Oct 10 '18 at 5:40
  • $\begingroup$ @AliceD that's not only a matter of visibility: these questions were visible for the person that answered. A single upvote means that a new user can comment and better interact with the site. Shouldn't we encourage people to upvote the questions they answer? I'm not including "you're wrong and that's why" kinds of answers. $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Oct 10 '18 at 9:39
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    $\begingroup$ @LinuxBlanket - this is a recurring matter in meta Bio and also on meta proper. I don't think we can readily change the behavior of people. The link is from a Bio meta question, itself linking to meta proper. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Oct 10 '18 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Alice thank you for the link! Very useful! $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Oct 11 '18 at 22:12

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