There's nothing new in any of those three answers, and so I've cleaned them up. It appears that one individual decided to post his answer to the question, which brought it back to the front page. Most people who have been around a while can recognize an old question immediately, but the clues aren't always obvious to new users, which is the most likely ...


Voting is anonymous and should stay that way. Requiring a comment would prevent this, so this an extremely undesirable feature in my view.


I never see anyone complaining when they receive an up-vote without an explicit explanation... As Iain is fond of saying: "No one who needs to, reads anything least of all documentation." Many first time posters skip actually reading the the site introduction and the how to ask pages and that is unlikely to change. In that light a mandatory/automatic ...


"Me too" answers are flag-worthy, as are old questions that are now off topic. I've gone ahead and closed and locked the question for that reason


Not particularly. I think I pick the same close reasons regardless. Mostly I find it patronising: "remember to be nice to the other children!".


The point value of a downvote is negligible compared to the rep increases you'll get through normal use of the site. There's been commentary throughout the life of the Exchange on how to get rid of downvotes, but they're an important part of how the site works, as a method of easy communication. Also, the point system exists to incentivize usage that aligns ...


You have all the tools you need to deal with this on a case by case basis yourself. If an answer is useless then simply downvote it. You could also consider protecting the question to stop it from being used in a similar manner in the future. Beyond that, there is likely little that can be done.

Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible