That is just an example. I have noticed that people here don't bother to vote much. Can something be done about it?
Now I don't know which one of those is a correct or more correct answer.
Two factors which might contribute to fewer votes per question here:
Take a quick browse through our questions and you'll see that a very large proportion of our users have great difficulty framing their own questions. It's not unreasonable to suppose they may have similar difficulty reading and understanding the questions of others; and even those who do read questions may feel considerable diffidence about expressing an opinion of their value.
I glanced at the stats for the sites you're active on, Seasoned Advice, Photography and Parenting.† They all have usercounts (26k, 24k, 11k) comparable to ELL's 15k, but many fewer questions per day (6.6, 7.4, 2.7 against ELL's 30). Each day there are 3500 to 4000 users for each new question on those sites, where here there are only about 500 users for each new question. The numbers are similar when you consider only fairly high-rep users, the ones who do most of the work, including the voting. There are 30-40 users with rep>1000 for each question on the other sites; here there are only 6.
Our attention has been spread a lot thinner these days; I imagine I spend more time on the site than most, and it's been months since I was able to look closely at as many as half the questions.
†The other site you frequent, SO, operates on such a vastly different scale I'm not sure how to treat it.
I have always maintained that most regular users are dying to upvote a really good question – if they could only find one.
I did some investigating into some of your questions, to see what I could find.
One of the first ones I looked at was this question. It took me a minute to even figure out what the question was, because you've put the question in the title. All told, it's overly brief. It's cryptic. Before I can even start thinking of an answer, I have to figure out what your question is.
It's a fairly interesting question, but, in its current format, I can't bring myself to upvote it.
The question should be clear in the body of the question (not in the title only). I would've formatted the question something like this:
'Stay a long time' vs. 'Stay FOR a long time'
Here is a quote from The Faraway Tree, a series of children's books:
He is going to stay quite a long time.
I want to know, why doesn't this sentence include a "for":
He is going to stay for quite a long time.
Why is for not necessary there? Will it be wrong if I use for there?
I thought your comment here was telling:
@pazzo I thought it would be obvious. I am talking about the in front of faraway tree. That is the name of the tree, isn't it?
No, it's not obvious – and that might be part of the problem.
I will upvote questions (I've done so more than 700 times), but I'm not going to upvote when questions appear sloppy and hastily written, or only provide minimal context.
Bottom line: If you want more of your questions to be upvoted, you should strive to write better questions.
This query of the top upvoted answers shows that there is plenty of voting going on on ELL.
Some possible reasons why answers for certain questions may not get a lot of votes:
I think incorrect answers get voted down pretty quickly, so maybe the community bar for up-voting is just high. I don't think it's a sign of an unhealthy site necessarily.
The question, correctly or incorrectly, has been marked as a duplicate. I am perhaps hesitant to vote on the answers of a duplicate question. I do not even know what happens to duplicate questions. Maybe they disappear after awhile.
If you want a better answer to this particular question, perhaps you could edit it to include links to other questions you have posted so one can easily access them and look at what might be going on voting-wise. The more effort you put into something, the more likely a native speaker will put forth more effort, because they can spend their time actually answering and not doing stuff you yourself can do and provide.
As for "in general," English, as any language, is a complicated affair, and sometimes I personally will not vote on an answer that I don't think does the question justice. That is, if an answer is only "helpful" but does not deal with the subject in a rather comprehensive manner, or at least from a detailed or technical perspective, or if it is only partially true, or if it may fit the one example a user asks about but not a very similar one, I may not upvote it.
I know every answer cannot be a thesis--and I am not necessarily in favor of answers that read like chapters from a book (a la BenKovitz and others, even myself, at times) but some answers are too facile, even if a bit helpful. I guess I look for a happy medium.