Should imported posts retain their original votes?
It seems likely that we will import at least some content from Mi Yodeya. There's a separate question for that; in this question I want to focus on a suggestion brought up in an answer there: keep the original votes for the imported posts instead of resetting to zero. I'm separating this out because that answer addresses two points, this and what to import, and there's one comment so far saying a vote was for one part of that and not the other. I want to avoid such confusion when we decide this.
Assuming we import content, and setting aside the question of what to import (please discuss that on the other question), what should we do with the votes that posts gained on Mi Yodeya when we import here? We could:
Keep the votes as they are. Those votes reflect valuable evaluations that have already been performed; why throw that away?
Keep the votes but apply some fudge factor, so that votes earned natively here will count more. This reflects that Judaism Codidact is a different community, although with many of the same users, and "native" work is a stronger reflection of this community.
Keep the votes but separate them somehow, so a post might be +3/-1 in native votes and +15/-2 in imported votes -- find a way to show all that. (Note: this would require new code.)
Other things I haven't thought of yet.
If we import votes we will not be able to associate them with voters. We don't know who voted. You might end up voting again for something you voted on there. The answer I linked to questions whether this is really a concern if our goal is to bring in valuable content.