It depends on many important things such as the quality of the answer, reputation of the author and how well the answer is formatted.
The most important factor is the quality of the answer. There is not specifics for that. Musing is still a startup early in development. The votes are mostly given based on common sense.
Also, the votes are optional and are given to incentivize content creators. Musing also sometimes give high upvotes to exceptional content which is stated in their curation guidelines.
To learn more about musing's curation guidelines, refer to:
Each and every question/answer is judged on its merits. It will only get an upvote if it deserves one. The answers and questions are rewarded based on their relevance, quality, detail, language, etc. These are all criteria that the curators have to look for in an answer before awarding any upvotes. This also means that both the questions and answers have to be read by the curators before any curation can be done. This in itself is an extremely daunting task.
Musing.io has a more than a million in delegation to it. They upvote good content in voting-weight percentages of 1%, 3%, 5%, 10% and sometimes even even 15%. This means that at current prices you can get anywhere from 50 cent to 5 dollars (or 7 dollars if 15%).
Some people say that longer answers tend to get higher upvotes but I would like to point out that it is not the longer answers that are getting the highest upvotes but rather the answers about which the musing curators feel that they were most relevant. In some cases longer answers also indicate that it is full of details and was produced using hard work. It goes without saying that even some of the long answers do not fulfill the criteria of a good answer and get small or even no upvotes.
If someone want upvotes, then they should follow these guidelines provided by musing,io:
Based on my experience, and watchful eye over their voting patterns, I know a thing or two about what's going on.
musing votes according to perceived quality.
By perceived quality, I mean they vote in accordance to what they believe to be quality.
This is achieved by a host of factors.
The quality is the basis to merit this decision. It does not encumber post length! This is a common misconception with "musers" (did I just coin a term??? )
Although lengthy posts do receive generous rewards from time to time, they generally are very well thought out, and require a copious amount of time to compose. Do not base this on your decision to write the longest comments possible, it may backfire.
Also, this is incentivized rewards distribution. You are being paid for a service you are providing, but this isn't a profession where money should be your determining factor for using the platform.
Believe me when I tell you. musing knows their users. They know who's fishing for votes, they know who's abusing, they know who's working hard, and they know who's taking it seriously, they are the overseer's.
If your goal is to tailor your responses, as a means to manipulate their vote. You will likely fail.
My best advice, is to not worry about the size of the votes you are receiving, because it will interfere with your work. Ask and answer honestly, and to the best of your ability. This will exact the most value possible for you. I promise, this is sound advice.
Best wishes with your blockchain endeavors. I hope this answer helps!
For me as a Muser who has been here for more than a month now, I can say the curators here are voting us users genuinely and with pure honesty. They did their job and I haven't seen any complains from the users and I believe it purely comes from what the head is doing. @jonching has done this amazing platform tremendously thinking about long term that's why @ned delegated 1m SP to this account because the team behind this dApp is with pure heart and vision.
As per speaking on the factors, these are my opinions :
Always and will forever be the main factor behind @musing's upvote percentage. As a question and answer platform, quality of the answer (truth, research, experience, knowledge) often receives the bigger percentage. We can actually see the people who provide quality answers here. Just find it out.
- The manner of delivering your Answer
The way how you present your thoughts and how you organize it is an important factor too that curators are looking. You might have the best qualities of answer but the manner you present it is not totally catchy.
- Well detailed explanation
There are answers that are straight to the point with no circle jerking but a well detailed explanation is better than those. Sometimes you need to elaborate some things and probably present examples for the readers to understand it more.
Those three are the important once to me. If a curator would see this, I would love to here their inputs about this.
Since quality is highly subjective, the upvote percentages given by the @musing account highly depends on how the curators took your answer/question.
Some of them love a straight-forward approach (direct to the point) while some love a detailed one (like presenting some examples and back-up details). One thing these curators have in common though is that they are following the official guidelines set by Musing to which you can read here: Musing Curation Guidelines
Based on what I noticed they mostly consider the following: