Should I upvote a question if I answer it?

Does the fact that I am answering make a question a good question?

If a question produces good answers, does that make it a good question?

I'm confused.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The question Title should have " that I've answered" added to it. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 0:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RayButterworth I am concerned about questions when someone else answers too. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 2:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RayButterworth Like this question. photo.stackexchange.com/q/123129/95237 \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 2:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RayButterworth Zero votes means it isn’t a good question. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 2:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ Related meta-pse question: If a question is worth answering, it's probably worth upvoting \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb Mod
    Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 3:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @scottbb The responses seem a bit toxic. I hope it’s not representative. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 4:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BobMacaroniMcStevens which responses? There are only 3. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb Mod
    Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 7:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BobMacaroniMcStevens, my suggestion was because, as it is currently written, the Title is far more general than what you are actually asking. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 15:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RayButterworth My third paragraph generalizes. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 16:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BobMacaroniMcStevens, it's generally best to ask exactly one question per question. Asking four questions in one confuses us readers. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 19:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RayButterworth I asked one question. Its in the title. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 22:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BobMacaroniMcStevens, if the Title is your only question, the answer is "Obviously it's okay, otherwise Stack Exchange wouldn't provide a mechanism for doing it." (e.g try up-voting your own question, and you'll find that it won't let you.). And if that is your "one question", the other questions don't belong in the body of the answer; they only confuse the issue. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 22:47

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Without wanting to be too unhelpful, you should upvote questions you think are good questions. One way to determine this is by the tooltip on the upvote button:

This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear

It is perfectly possible for you to think a question is not a good question ("This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful") but still one you can write a good answer to - although often these questions are duplicates of previously asked questions, so do look for that first.

A question that produces good answers is an indication that it is a good question, but I wouldn't say always a good question. At times, there can be questions which are incredibly lazily written, but a community member puts an heroic amount of effort into writing a superb answer. In those cases, it's often possible to improve the question by editing it!

  • \$\begingroup\$ How does a person know how much effort someone else made? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 18:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've always found "shows research effort; it is useful and clear" to be ambiguous: does the ";" mean, "or" or "and"? I'm not looking for an answer to that, or reasons why it means what it does; I'm pointing out that the fact I can ask that question means that the statement itself is poorly worded. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 0:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why be unhelpful at all? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 16:55

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