I'm hoping this is enough of a variant of this question to avoid being closed, but really folks. How does a question like Are you cheating this Christmas? get 19 answers but only 3 upvotes?? Maybe it's me, but I've noticed this pattern recently ... a question will have 5 or 6 answers and no upvotes.
Really ... as the previous question noted, we have a "ridiculous number" of upvotes to use every day, so in the spirit of the holiday season, don't you think it's worth using them? Especially if you think the question is worth your time to answer?
I have noticed questions with intense conversations between divergent viewpoints, with a number of answers showing numerous up-votes, yet the original question is at zero or 1. I've up-voted some of those questions even when I chose not to respond because my thoughts were already well represented.
I agree that not every such question deserves a large vote total, but I definitely agree with Beth that some great questions are being snubbed by voters who lavishly spend votes on answers that re-state familiar positions because the debates are between popular members "along party lines."
If you're harsh on questions, at least apply the same standard to answers. If answers are pulling in lots of up-votes it seems the question should as well if only for triggering such spirited conversation.
Answering a question doesn't mean I think it's particularly helpful. Some questions attract a lot of answers because they are essentially surveys. Other questions get a lot of votes because people agree with the sentiment but there's not a lot to be added. A good question probably doesn't need lots of answers.
I am among those who have never really clued myself in to the up and down voting process. Even though I participate here regularly. Frankly, I "forget" about the voting thing, until I read a reference to it in a post. So I commit myself to being a regular pH voting citizen, beginning with upcoming your question!