Fairly uniquely amongst the stacks I belong to I often see Questions on ELL with answers (sometimes multiple answers), but no votes on the question itself.

While asking about things like this on meta are often preaching to the choir, is there anything that can be done with the settings for ELL to get people to upvote questions more? Just looking a the front page today there's a question with three answers and zero votes on the question. Surely if it's worth answering it's worth an upvote?

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    Why do you think answering a question has anything to do with whether it is worthy of an upvote? Upvotes are indicators that other readers might find the question interesting or useful. Someone being willing to help the author and answer the question doesn't magically make that question worthy of an upvote. If you want to see more questions upvoted, help the authors improve the quality of their questions so more people believe they are worth upvoting.
    – ColleenV
    Feb 4, 2022 at 16:29
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  • This is a valid concern but far from unique across Stack Exchange. Even communities with an (IMHO) very healthy voting culture notice this: worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com/q/9649/8732
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Feb 4, 2022 at 19:01
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    If the question wasn't worth a single click, how was it worth writing several paragraphs for?
    – user48076
    Feb 7, 2022 at 8:48
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    @Nij Your standards are lower than mine. I would never downvote a question I answered, but if I'm going to recommend a question to other people, a question needs to be more than answerable. Wanting to help someone by answering their question is different from marking their question as a good example for others to follow. I think the language barrier makes ELL different. I don't feel the same compassion for people asking a mediocre question in their native language.
    – ColleenV
    Feb 7, 2022 at 17:42


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