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Why does this site have such a restrictive policy of allowing people to participate ?! I find it incredibly frustrating.

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Because you have to prove your worth to the community first. If just anyone could vote, it'd be trivial to massively boost spam/bot accounts. –  Marc B Feb 18 '13 at 0:06
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See stackoverflow.com/privileges –  Robert Harvey Feb 18 '13 at 0:08
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It's to prevent people from creating new accounts just to spam-upvote their other accounts in order to artificially boost reputation.

Getting a rep of 15 is easy, just answer a single question. That proves you're not a bot.

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Although there is a legitimate case to be made for OP to be able to vote on answers to his own question. –  user000001 Feb 18 '13 at 0:49
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Yes, but a new account could be made to post a question just for the other account to answer, and then to upvote the answer. –  kufudo Feb 18 '13 at 1:12
    
They can do that already by accepting the answer in the "dummy question". –  user000001 Feb 18 '13 at 11:18
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