Sololearn's content creation guidelines name several sorts of post that justify a downvote.
Among these are spam, wrong answers, personal attacks and so on.
In many cases, when people 'misbehave' and violate some rule, they can be downvoted.
However, what if instead violating content is upvoted (and thereby supported)? Can this itself be seen as a violation?
In other terms:
There's downvote abuse, and moderation punishes it.
Is there also upvote abuse?
We don't care if you upvote your own questions. The problem occurs when you make alternate accounts for the sole purpose of adding likes to your public postings. That's gaming the system because if it's a code that influences the trending and hot lists, same with the Q&A
 Koder King™, well, I've been an opponent of *any* upvote activity that is not based on true appraisal for a long time:
1.) Self-upvote - because in my eyes it is indecent to end every statement with 'and what I just said was cool'.
2.) Pity-upvote - poor new user, let's upvote their code without even looking at it.
3.) Strategic upvote - 'I'm here, did you see?', 'Follow me, follow me!' and so on.
4.) Blind or habitual upvote - without even thinking or testing if what was written or coded is even any good.
For me, that is all dishonest and can only lead to a place and its inhabitants becoming more and more superficial.
Which has long since happened. Just see what happens in 'Hot Today' areas.
Okay, but things are what they are right? We can upvote whatever we want, there's no limit, let's express what we think and feel freely.
But here it becomes funny:
You can only express appraisal freely.
As soon as it comes to downvotes, it's suddenly about rules, and fairness and decency and all of that.
Yes. A problem that comes up from time to time is that multiple users will upvote their own questions, codes, comments, etc., usually in an effort to obtain a badge. It's much easier to see this form of abuse since all likes are visible
The only real way I can see upvotes being abusive would be if someone were to create an alternate account and upvote every activity of their main account. Although, that wouldn't really be "upvote abuse". It'd moreso be considered a "fair-play violation", which tends to be more severe than downvote-abuse, depending on the severity of abuse. Both downvote-abuse and fair-play violations are bannable offenses. Self-upvoting (upvoting your own content via a single account) doesn't award any experience-points, to my knowledge.
It's usually after we get a complaint about down voting that we look at what's happening on a thread. Same goes for up votes.
The issue with the down votes is they aren't publicly available to see. Whether or not they should be is a different conversation. That's why things are a bit different for that.
Edit: The other thing I'll add is this, if you can justify why you downvotes, we won't take any adverse action against you.
I self up vote my questions and comments all the time. To me, the lack of a vote on a comment seems like an eyesore; like a spec of dirt that needs to be dusted; like a dripping tap/fawcet that needs to be closed; like a C statement that lacks a semi colon; like some python code that is incorrectly indented; like an i that has not been dotted or a t that had not been crossed. A voteless, valid comment that is not spam which stares at me in the face will 95% of the time get my upvote attention, whether the comment was mine or someone elses.
As was stated earlier, we don't care about the upvotes you cast on a main account, as long as they themselves aren't involved in abuse
It's quite simple: If you use one or more alternative accounts to add votes to your main account, that's a violation of the fair play policy, resulting in a ban.
Remember that votes influence lists, which is why there's a higher level of concern here
Once again I think there's some confusion here.
The user is choosing to upvote his own answer. There's no policy against that...
Now if he made multiple accounts to upvote his answers, questions, comments, and/or codes, this would be abuse.
 There is even a whole section in the content creation guidelines that describes what can legibly be downvoted (and by inference what not).
You can be banned for downvoting. You can be expelled.
And don't get me wrong - if someone's being a jerk and shooting down the stuff of other people, I want to see them punished.
Because they influence the balance of 'trendiness', 'visibility' and all that. They give other people a disadvantage and themselves an advantage by downvoting.
Because as a consequence, one value will end up higher than the other.
Only that *exactly the same* is true about upvotes‼️The relation between the values will be just the same, no matter if we downvote one thing or instead upvote another‼️
Only that in one case, we're all so concerned about fairness, rules, not being mean etc., while if someone becomes invisible because someone else is randomly upvoted, we couldn't care less.
Ace, okay I can see how making a bunch of accounts to boost your main account is a violation.
But that's not what I mean.
We have the ability to upvote and downvote freely, our own stuff and the stuff of other people, right?
But if we downvote randomly, like you sometimes see people do in a feed post or something, at one point one of you platinum mods will show up and say something like:
'Okay, guys, we know who's downvoting everybody here. Reconsider within 24 hours or...'
So downvoting is not really free, but connected to certain rules, which are suggested in the guidelines.
Now from what I observe, there is no such rule for upvotes - or is there? I mean, if I run about Sololearn and just upvote EVERYTHING, will eventually someone show up and say:
'Okay, you've got 24 hours or...'
Well I couldn't really quickly find a relevant study by Googling but just discovered that in Reddit, your posts are by default automatically "self" upvoted at the time of posting, which makes complete sense to my way of thinking. However, based on the opposing views of users of these other social media as well I don't think that this issue about the appropriateness of self upvotes is going to be resolved any time soon with a global consensus.
HonFu nothing confusing about your question but still it kept me thinking.
I came late to this conversation so if I'm repeating a point, I don't have the time to go through others answers.
Down vote violation.
When a group of haters or something like that gang up against you and spam-down votes all your questions and/or posts. You'd report to the mods as abuse of the feature right?
Lemme ask you. How would you define up vote violation /abuse ?
I pondered over this as there is no such thing as that. Up votes can never be spammed or abused UNLESS, let's say your friends mindlessly up any of your questions or post which is impossible or you have multiple accounts for the soul purpose of doing that or you have a bot that continuously up votes your post after a certain period of time(maybe not in this platform) which is a violation of the rules.
Shayokh Shorfuddin That's not a valid reason to down vote. Please review the content creation guidelines regarding this.
HonFu I'm still not seeing any issue besides the thread being a duplicate. What exactly are you trying to draw attention to?
ANDRONIC creating several accounts here in itself does not constitute a crime. It's only when these additional accounts are used to upvote yourself or to give yourself artificial challenge victories that the guidelines get breached.
In the example you posted, we'd look at it but if we see people are legitimate users, however we don't necessarily take action unless we think they are involved in abusing the votes on said post.
It's not that we don't care about the invisiblilty of down votes. Some of us simply don't care about our stuff getting down voted. Case in point, people down vote my stuff all the time, but I think people are entitled to their opinions both about me and the stuff I post. It's just not a issue I stress over.
This is why we rely on you the community to tell us what abuses you see 🙂