I was reading through some interesting questions this weekend and realized that there are a number of questions with less up votes than the answer. I'm intrigued about this "phenomenon". If a question triggers a very well received answer I would expect the same appreciation to the question.

Does anyone have a different point of view? Am I trying to relate things that are not related?

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I agree with you, that if a question is worth answering then it is also worth up voting.

When questions have 2 or 3 answers each with up-votes but the question itself is sat on 0 votes, I think it could become disheartening for those who have asked the question to engage further with our site and community.

  • That's true. The first year I upvoted most questions, but in time I (we) tend to upvote less because we have seen so much similar questions... but still they deserve the upvote. Let's not get lazy ;-)
    – Philippe
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 18:47
  • See also: If a question is worth answering, why isn't it worth upvoting. Sometimes the question is easier to compose than the research and explanation necessary to provide a complete answer to both the exact question and similar ones that might be marked as a duplicate in the future.
    – Rob
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 17:36

For questions, the up-vote button is titled "This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear".

Consider (made up examples):

  • "I read that …" [Where did you read it?]
  • "I read that …" [But exactly what did it say?]
  • "T͟h͟i͟s͟ says that …" [The link is to a textbook; are we expected to read it all?]
  • "T͟h͟i͟s͟ web page says that …" [It took me 10 minutes to find some text that might have been misread as meaning that.]

Other questions:

  • Have the question in the Body that's significantly different from the one in the Title.
  • Have very poor spelling and grammar, and blatant typos.
  • Have little or no punctuation.
  • Have one monolithic paragraph.
  • Ramble on without getting to the point and then expect the reader to figure out exactly what is being asked.

In many cases, a posting can contain a fundamentally good question that generates some excellent answers, while itself showing no research and being poorly worded.

Those answers deserve up-votes.
The question doesn't.

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