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What is up-voting and down-voting for?

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Okay, so, I never really up-vote or down-vote anything because I don't understand it purpose. So, I have finally decided to ask this question.

asked Jun 25, 2013 by FireRedNinja

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They're a way of showing which answers are good and bad. A well explained and easy to understand answer will be upvoted, while an incorrect answer will be downvoted. This helps people see what they should listen to. It also provides an incentive to give good answers.

answered Jun 25, 2013 by trachy
selected Jun 26, 2013 by FireRedNinja
Thanks trachy, you deserve the best answer! :)
To expand on this, upvoted answers are shown at the top. If you go to a typical forum you might have to read through 10 posts before you see the actual correct answer. Upvoting makes that quicker to find.