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- Do you “sympathy upvote”? 2 answers
I couldn't really find the right words for a concise question title, so here it is in full: Let's say I am going around on the site and see an answer/question that is not great, maybe it doesn't help a ton or could have been found with a bit of research, but it has correct conventions of English and the poster seems to have put in effort. It is massively or even moderately downvoted, for (to me) apparently no reason. Can I upvote it to cancel out two of those downvotes (because an upvote is +5 and two downvotes is -4) not because it is great and deserves an upvote but is simply okay and doesn't deserve downvotes? I sometimes feel bad when I see an answer, like the bottom answer on this question, which is simply discussing something the poster feels on a discussion tagged question, and is not off topic, useless, or otherwise bad for the site, downvoted so heavily that I give an upvote just to even it out, because I don't feel it deserves that much punishment. Maybe one downvote but 13 seems way overkill.