The beauty of it is that you continue to read and post!
Somebody thinks your posts are important enough to follow. That's sort of a back-handed compliment, isn't it?
Hm-m-m... Maybe a person could switch to a new computer, and re-register under a different 'handle'; then post merrily away as a new person.
I agree that the votes are just a 'popularity contest' and not worth much. Even the number of 'clicks', or views, of a particular post mean little because the poster has to click on it to edit and to see how many folks have read it (or, at least, looked).
None of this has anything to do with well-being, does it?