If I look at my own reputation, 99% was gained from answering, and only 1% was gained from asking. Shouldn't this be a bit more balanced?
15 questions (gaining
230 reputation), but only asked
7 reputation). On a per-question/answer base, this means that you gain about twice as much reputation from an answer than you do from a question. That sounds about right to me.
Asking a good question should obviously be rewarded, and indeed is when someone upvotes the question explicitly
The catchphrase Questions are important too! is slightly mistaken. Questions are actually more important than answers. Without questions, there cannot be any answers to begin with!
But questions and answers do not get upvoted in the same manner nor (necessarily) by the same people.
While browsing for new questions to answer, I find one that deals with a language that I know, but I cannot solve the problem. I find the question interesting, so it gets an upvote from me.
If I find an interesting (i. e., non-trivial) question that is already answered, I will also upvote correct answers.
I usually upvote answers to questions I am answering myself if the other answer was faster or is better than mine. In these cases, I usually do not upvote the question (unless the question is a good one).
If I found a solution to a specific problem I am having, I upvote the answer that helped me, since it is the answerer that solved my problem, and the question itself, since the OP did all the work for me.
I always upvote helpful answers to my own questions.
From my very little experience, it seems that when I asked a good question that helped someone unrelated, they tended to upvote the answer and not the question
As I said, I do this, but only if I am really facing the same issue. I do most of my upvoting while searching for questions to answer, so I upvote an answer or a question.
As of right now, I cast
48 upvotes on questions and
135 on answers, so for every upvote I cast on a question, I upvote
2.8 answers. Considering than one question has usually more than on answer, that sounds about right to me.
What if the person who asked would get a tiny bit of reputation when an answer gets upvoted? It will obviously have to be very little reputation, like +0.5
Good answer does not imply good question!
I have seen good answers to horrible (i. e., poorly written, a little too broad and somehow trivial) questions. More than once, I actually downvoted the question while upvoting the answer.
[...] people should be more encouraged to ask questions [...]
I agree that some people upvote too few questions. I don't think I do.
If you want to encourage people to ask questions, upvote more questions!