I see it most often on the
sed/awk/grep/perl type questions, but it does happen pretty frequently I think. A lot of times you'll find like 4 or 5 answers on a question with 0 votes and it just boggles my mind. Personally, I wouldn't bother providing an answer to a question which I did not think worth my upvote. It seems to me that doing so is exemplary of bad citizenship, honestly.
Text File Renaming Using Unix Script - only upvote = mine
Filter Require Capital words from a file( not all capital words ) - 4 answers, 2 votes
print only rows that has latest non empty cell that starts with the word “Failed” on a CSV file in Linux - 5 answers, 1 upvote (mine), 1 downvote (almost definitely jasonwryan)
I could go on, but I'd really rather not. I'm just curious about what would motivate anyone to take the time to construct an answer to a question which they do not even care to click the
^ button on?
As it seems to me, the community as a whole - the knowledge-base as a whole - is better served when a poor question is not answered - except maybe via a comment that indicates to the asker both where an answer might be found and perhaps how better to ask for it in future. It also seems to me, that, for sake of the same, good questions are both answered when possible and upvoted as such.