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A example how to give reputation:

If you up-vote a question or answer which has X votes, you will earn 2 reputation when its score reaches MAX(2*X, X+10).

Or a simpler version (recommend):

If you up-vote a question or answer which scores <= 5, you will earn 2 reputation when its score reaches 15.

It will help for making valuable question and answer become more active. Especially good for un-popular ones.

I saw many good answers (but be posted very late) become inactive very quickly (even if I vote them up). This feature will help such answers.

And because of the 2*X requirement, this feature doesn't really change anything for answers which already have high votes.

The second alternative is to not give any reputation to the voting for already-high-voted answers and just give reputation for the first 5 votes (voiding unneeded digging on fake pearls). And more it has a 10-votes window (void unneeded digging on fake pearls).

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Uh... It sounds like you're trying to solve the problem of posts that get a lot of votes not getting enough votes. – Shog9 Jul 14 '12 at 15:17
@Shog9 2*X penalty, if it is not enough, you can add more – Lai Jiangshan Jul 14 '12 at 15:33
I disagree: it might work right now, if only a few people get "the right" to be awarded for finding the pearls. But as soon as everyone might get such award, nothing is going to stop people from upvoting random posts, and then getting awarded if others do the same. And above all: why would such award be needed? – Arjan Jul 14 '12 at 15:37
Related, where the award is a badge rather than reputation, and is limited to downvoting: A badge that rewards “prophetic” downvoting. – Arjan Jul 14 '12 at 15:43
@Arjan: I believe this alternate will resolve your concern: If you up-vote a question or answer which scores <= 5, you will earn 2 reputation when its score reaches to 30. 25-distance is huge for fake-pearls, so any one will find the real pearl only – Lai Jiangshan Jul 14 '12 at 15:43
@LaiJiangshan Why do you call it a "penalty"? By that reasoning, we're all being penalized every time we vote! – Daniel Jul 14 '12 at 15:57
@Danielδ if the X is high, it will be very hard to reach to 2*X votes. So if you try to gain such reputation for already-high-votes answers but you don't really like, you will earn nothing but waste your time and waste 1 vote cast. So it is penalty. – Lai Jiangshan Jul 14 '12 at 16:04
up vote 3 down vote accepted
  • Good content already gets upvoted. We don't need to incentivise voting up good content.
  • Reputation is supposed to reflect just that, your reputation within the community. Why would I trust you more because you upvote a lot?
  • This is extremely meta. Reputation is supposed to come from content, votes are not content and should not yield reputation. You're effectively trying to let people upvote your upvotes.
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