I noticed that many older posts used to receive dozens of upvotes. (I’m pretty sure it’s rare to see a post with more than twenty votes nowadays, I think Alex’s Shulchan Aruch count was the last one.) I wasn’t a part of the site for all of its history, so I don’t know what iterations its to through, really. However, I do notice that considerably older posts contain more votes. I was wondering if there is a definitive answer to this question, or something close to it. At this time I have thought of several possible reasons, please contribute if you feel necessary.
- they’ve been around longer, more votes
- there used to be more active users
- users used to be more up-vote friendly
- posts used to be more primitive and simple in their nature due to the site’s young age, therefore more deserving of an upvote