Motivated by these questions:

Case Study: First Answer Bias and Are upvotes skewed towards the first answer to a question?

I propose a biased (biased towards people who use the meta site) study of AcademiaSE users to see how much of an upvote biases the first answer to a question gets (the "fastest gun in the west" problem) from "non-random" Academia users. To wit,

For questions you read which have multiple answers, do you typically vote on an answer before reading other answers? (Answer by up-voting answers below. At least for this question, please read the answers first and upvote at least one.)

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    There are several other effects that may generate bias. For instance, I frequently skip very long answers because I don't have enough time to read them. I may later get back to a few of the skipped answers if I know that the writer is someone whose style and ideas I like. I also seldom read long streams of answers, when there are 5 or more, or I read them selectively. Or I seldom read late additions. Again, I don't have enough time to read everything. Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 11:28

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I typically vote on answers I like right after reading them but usually read several of the answers.


I typically read most answers before voting.


Other (vote before reading, never vote, ...)

Please explain in comments.

  • I upvote multiple answers if appropriate. Commented Apr 12, 2019 at 22:28

I typically vote on answers I like right after reading them and often don't read further answers.

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