The simple answer to why they get so many upvotes is that they're correct. These upvotes are usually either from people who agree with the identification, or who come in after the OP has accepted it.
They may not be very good answers by the standards we try to encourage here, but they did help the OP with his question, which is not an insignificant metric. ...
Absolutely you can.
If you feel that your answer is a good 'un, you should feel free to ask other users (in chat or comments) to upvote it.
You should, however, be aware that historically, asking for upvotes in chat or comments has often led to downvotes being cast, I suspect because people find it funny or simply dislike people begging for votes.
Q. Is it an answer?
Is it a good answer?
Why is it a bad answer?
Because it's a bunch of unsourced assumptions, that's why;
which is no longer able to maintain the cohesion necessary to project
his 'Eye-Form' into our dimension
it is assumed he fell the remaining 1.5k (5,000ft) to his death.
"Assumed" by who?
This was ...
From the help centre:
You gain reputation when: [...] answer is voted up: +10
This applies regardless of the current score of the answer.
As for the help links not working, you might want to post that as a separate question and tag it bug, so that the people who handle bug reports are more likely to see it and deal with it. If it's an SE-wide ...
The help centre has the following to say on accepting answers:
What should I do when someone answers my question?
Decide if the answer is helpful, and then...
Vote on it (if you have earned the appropriate voting privilege). Vote up answers that are helpful and well-researched, and vote down answers that are not. Other users will also vote on answers to ...
At least one person on chat indicated that they were maxing out 40 votes-a-day working towards Gold upvoting badge in the last couple of weeks. This could very well be a side effect.
Feel free to raise on meta or to mods if you get hit by a serial script reversal - they can verify if that was an actual active user and hopefully would look foavorably on ...
This issue came up in chat yesterday, based on one of your examples.
My guess would be that they're easy to check, especially those where the answer has already been accepted by the OP.
Yes, I do think this is problematic. Your examples should count as 'link-only' answers and I was surprised I didn't see the most recent one in the review queue for low ...
Note: All the numbers and ratios given in this answer were accurate when the answer was first made. Their inclusion here seems to have triggered some voting, though, so they’re probably all wrong by the time you're reading this.
If you define contentious not so much by total number of votes cast (up or down), but rather by the difference between the number ...
Stole that from another sites queries.
Looks like this is a leading candidate:
Why are most of the main characters White/English in Game Of Thrones?
Sorry, missed that you wanted positive overall rep:
Why is it logical to ...
Acceptance is the OP's prerogative. Accepting a 'wrong' answer might attract more downvotes to it, but there are no real rules on what kind of answers you're allowed to accept. Do whatever you want.
Technically acceptance is a type of vote like any other, which should be based on the quality of the post itself rather than any more meta aspects. But you're ...