robs question got me thinking..
For a given time period, of the non-solution-awarded upvotes made, how many come from the users with the highest (say, top 100) SFSE users?
That is, do most of the upvotes come from SFSE's "council of elders" (guild members, as it were)? Or are the upvotes coming from "the masses"?
I would hypothesize, that for recent questions/answers, the upvotes come from the active community members but over time, the upvotes come from the masses as folks do searches to look for help.
At our org, we have several Salesforce devs/admins and I'm the only one who has enough rep points to upvote. The others can't be bothered to post questions (or answer) to even earn enough reputation. If I point them to an answer that solves their issue and suggest they upvote it, they have no impact. I suspect there are tens of thousands like them worldwide. Thus, by inference, of the SFSE user base, are the primary upvoters the heaviest contributors?
I too, like sfdcfox have found when searching SFSE that an answer of my own (long forgotten by me) solves my issue! And whenever I search and see a question or answer that is credible in any way, I'll upvote it