I've been reasonably active on biostar for ~5months and overall the experience has been great. But, one minor disappointment is how few votes people tend to give out. There are tons of good questions and answers with just 1 vote. It seems some very small number of dedicated moderator types are probably checking out most questions/answers and giving a vote if they like the post. But, run-of-the-mill users are not voting much? One way to encourage more voting could be some additional badges. Currently there is only a silver badge (Civic Duty) for voting a whopping 300 times. By the time a user gets to 300 votes they've probably stopped paying any attention to badges. But, when users are in the honeymoon phase, and still gleefully trying to earn badges, perhaps a bronze badge for 50 votes, then silver for 100 and gold for 300 (or some similar scheme) would encourage the voting habit?