Looked at a question today about seatbelts.. It had 0 upvotes, but already had garnered three answers! Surely if you feel it's worth answering, you should give it an upvote too.
Does anyone specifically not upvote a question that they answer, and if so, why - I'm curious.
I know I've likely done this too in the past at some point, but it was especially glaring in this instance.
Otherwise, a reminder to share the love - upvote good questions and answers, and consider downvoting bad questions and answers too (although maybe not for brand new users - we don't want to scare them off).
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Update 4 March 2016
This article needs a bump and Mark gave permission to do so. So please consider
The number of up votes on a question should always be greater than or equal to the number of answers provided by the community.
Of course the net score on a question can be negative, but this postulate considers up votes only.
So if you answer a question, it is a well-received practice to up vote it.
If you see a question where
Gayot's Postulate has failed, consider up voting it to maintain balance in the force. Remember that up votes inject both good karma and good luck into your day, and down votes will turn you into a sad old curmudgeon.
Finally, if you observe that this article needs bumping, you can edit it, add your stuff, delete my stuff, or whatever.
Gayot's Postulate is not to be confused with
Gayot's Law, which says...
Rep begats rep.