We have lots of tips for golfing in specific languages, but what about other types of challenge? Has anyone wondered how to improve their popularity-contest answers?
What general tips do you have for gaining popularity (i.e. upvotes) in popularity-contests? I'm looking for ideas which can be applied to answers to popularity-contest questions.
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Please consider linking to specific answers you feel support your tip.
Right now this is on hold as primarily opinion-based. My initial intention (not stated - my fail) with this question was in fact to address what is in @Sp3000's comment - a lot of pop-con answers are upvoted for the wrong reasons.
I would like to see answers that provide tips for creating quality pop-con answers. IMO tips to concretely help produce higher quality answers are more than just opinions.
Conversely I am also OK with tips recommending against specific things, for example:
- Don't overdo formatting.
- Carefully consider the use of popular/nerd-culture references. While these may attract buckets of waffly, unicorny upvotes, they don't always improve the quality of an answer.