Off the bat, I have nothing against the joke question, this is more to disagree with those pretending reputation doesn't exist.
These users need to stop kidding themselves.
Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you;
Reputation is important within the scope of Stack Overflow. Whether that may be through
- famous name in Microsoft, XYZ company
It's important. Whoever says otherwise is fooling themselves. You know why?
Because the great deletion wars, reputation debates and historical locks would never have had to happen.
Guess what is one number you are bound to find on most pages?
That's right! Your reputation.
What's the default ordering of the user page?
If I had the power to take away 10,000 rep from each user setting them back past the unpassable 1 rep barrier, they will notice, they will uproar.
So to answer your question, yes they will be trusted, because no one will remember who asked that joke question, you will see their name on a next question and think... oh they have a lot of reputation! You go to their profile and see their language specific badge points are high! Are you going to dig through each and every question to be sure the user didn't gain the point from a joke question?
The majority of SO users don't sit down and ponder
- how much experience a user has
- where they got their education
- what other languages they know
- whether they only answer low hanging fruit questions
This is the flaw that SO throws under the rug and pretends like 4 out of 5 new users don't believe reputation has a measure
The cake is a lie