As I understand it, we have the reputation system on SO mainly for two reasons
- Reward helpful users
- Indicate a user's experience level
The second item tends to work pretty well most of the time. However, I have noticed occasional extreme disparities between a user's reputation level and experience. This usually occurs in questions but can also occur in answers.
When I notice this, I usually look at the user's page. In every case (in my limited experience) the user has ~10:1 question:answer ratio. In extreme cases I've seen 300-400 (or even 1000) questions with zero answers.
The main reason I ask is because I hate wading through horrible questions when I could be answering good ones and I have to at least READ the question before I can determine its quality. It's true that it's just more work - but SO isn't a job. The less work I have to do to find good questions (that deserve an answer) the more questions get answered. And the less cluttered and easier to use the site is.
What would be a good solution?