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I see lots of great work on stack overflow and would like to upvote the responses that have helped me, but it appears I can't, because I need to have at least 15 reputation points. So, how can I get those reputation points to upvote other votes ? Am I suppose to go trolling answering other posts, hoping someone with reputation will upvote it ?

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"Am I suppose to go trolling answering other posts, hoping someone with reputation will upvote it?" -- yep. –  sharakan Jan 29 '13 at 3:42
    
as you said yourself, you upvote the responsed that helped you... so you get reputation by being helpful –  Nannuo Lei Jan 29 '13 at 3:43
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To note - there's little point in answering questions that have already been answered unless you bring something new to the table, improving already given information. –  J. Steen Jan 29 '13 at 9:07

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taken from stackoverflow's FAQ:

The primary way to gain reputation is by posting good questions and useful answers. Your peers will vote on your posts, and those votes will cause you to gain (or, in rare cases, lose) reputation:

answer is voted up
+10 question is voted up
+5 answer is accepted +15 (+2 to acceptor) question is voted down
-2 answer is voted down
-2 (-1 to voter)

Stackoveflow FAQ

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