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I just posted my first 9th planet question, and immediately (less than one second) got an upvote. I refreshed the page and it still said 1 view. I refreshed ten seconds later and still saw only 1 view.

Is there an automatic upvote for this? Or could it be a bug? If it's not automatic and the views are correct, then it would have to be a bug.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is probably just an example of the knee-jerk voting that seems to be common on this and other SE sites. People don't actually read what you've written before making their minds up. I have seen some of my answers get upvotes literally within seconds of me posting them; they can't possibly have been read. Possibly it is more excusable when we're talking about a (short, simple) question. But your question was neither short nor simple. $\endgroup$ – Rob Jeffries Feb 6 '16 at 16:09
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Views are heavily cached, so it's not unusual to see a question stuck at 1 view for several minutes even after it's recieved a few votes. The vote your question received is from a fellow user and not in any way automatic. (But this is the most interesting conspiracy theory I've heard today. ;-)

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  • $\begingroup$ Did you verify that by looking at some log and saw an actual username? I'm only asking because that upvote came extremely quickly (less than 1 second) and my question on the 9th planet had a lot to do with statistics, so yes I suppose I am suspicious of a conspiracy theory :) $\endgroup$ – DrZ214 Jan 25 '16 at 17:56
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    $\begingroup$ @DrZ214: Yes, I know exactly which user voted. (And no, I'm not telling. ;-) I'm guessing someone read the question title and upvoted within 10 seconds. Presumably they finished reading the question and didn't change their mind during the 5 minute grace period. $\endgroup$ – Jon Ericson Jan 25 '16 at 17:59

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