Excellent post, @kyle.anderson. Thank you for sharing.
1- When HF19 was activated, my first thought was that I am going to only self-vote.
Then, I could not.
When I saw excellent content (like this post) , I was compelled to show my gratitude to the author by upvoting.
Moreover, I wanted to encourage him/her to continue producing such good work. I am not saying that I stopped voting for myself, but I am saying that I am still voting for others too.
2- As for flagging (down-voting): what stops me from doing it is that I fear I would hurt someone's feeling and he would start flagging my posts as a response. If flagging was somehow anonymous, I would have done it more.
3- does flagging consume your voting power?