If you put effort into answering a question, it's probably worth an upvote
I'm going to disagree.
If you put effort into answering a question, it's probably because you have an answer. Nothing more, nothing less.
I looked at the vote up privilege:
What is voting up?
Voting up is how the community indicates which questions and answers
are most useful and appropriate.
When should I vote up?
Whenever you encounter a question, answer or comment that you feel is
especially useful, vote it up!
Full disclosure: I haven't voted on any posts (yet). Not voting seems against the status quo, but I do understand why voting is essential (as indirectly addressed later in this post). I'll gladly accept being chewed out for my lack of participation.
For the questions I have answered, it is simply because I could provide an answer. I didn't consider voting up while providing answers because my ability to provide an answer doesn't correlate to thinking the question is useful. Voting a question up because an answer can be provided seems to circumvent the purpose of the voting system, which is:
Putting voting front and center is very much intentional; it is how …
good content is voted to the top
wrong or incorrect content is voted to the bottom
users who consistently provide useful content accrue reputation and
are granted more privileges on the site
My answering a question shouldn't be a reflection on the question itself (whether the question is good, bad, easy, hard, inhumane, whatever). Multiple answers on a question that is considered off-topic doesn't necessarily mean the question is on-topic. The fact the question can have answers is essential on a Q&A-focused site, as highlighted in this comment:
The more objectively [a question] can be answered, the BETTER it fits the model.
Ultimately, I understand voting, being generous to new users and the ilk, but being upset and "maintaining balance in the force" are overreactions. If the question is "most useful and appropriate," it will earn the respect it deserves. This question with 5 answers and 1 point deserves this spotlight, but disagree with why this question got this spotlight (upvote the question because you have an answer).
My point: Questions and answers should be treated as standalone entities and voted upon individually toward its being "most useful and appropriate."