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Voting etiquette

Some of our most active members on Answers have helped set the standard of how voting etiquette should work in the Splunk community, which distinguishes and sets our culture apart from other Q&A forums. We want to promote a positive and constructive learning environment as much as possible. Users should be encouraged to grow with and educate one another instead of feeling fear if they contribute in the forum.

Follow these voting etiquette guidelines when engaging with other users on Splunk Answers.


Upvote questions, answers, and comments as soon as possible to give credit where it’s due for high quality posts. If a user posted an awesome answer to your question, upvote the answer in addition to accepting it.

When to upvote and when not to

Use the upvote feature strictly for acknowledging useful responses and for giving recognition to users who helped you solve your problem. Only upvote a question, comment, or a solution for the following reasons:

  • It helped you solve your own problem.
  • It’s something that you agree with.
  • It's an example of a positive interaction in the community.

These are good reasons to upvote someone.

A bad reason to upvote a user is just because they are your co-workers, friends, or family.

Karma gaming is prohibited

Also, please be cool. Any sort of karma gaming is prohibited. Karma gaming activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Creating a separate Answers account with the purpose of upvoting your own answers.
  • Crowdsourcing friends and coworkers to upvote your Answers posts.

Engagement in such behavior will result in warnings, loss of karma points, and eventual suspension of the Splunk Answers accounts in violation.


Downvoting should be reserved only for posts proposing solutions that could potentially be harmful for a Splunk environment or goes completely against known best practices.

  • If an attempted answer does not solve your question, simply commenting with constructive feedback and why it didn’t work is more beneficial for the community to learn from.
  • Downvoting people who are genuinely trying to help you does not make the situation any better and might deter experts from addressing your questions in the future.

How voting etiquette developed

If you’re interested in seeing how this voting etiquette was developed, check out this Splunk Answers post: https://answers.splunk.com/answers/244111/proper-etiquette-and-timing-for-voting-here-on-ans.html

Last modified on 14 January, 2019
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