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I am a newcomer in a few stackexchange sites, and it's very frustating to be at reputation 1 and not being able to upvote anything.

Perhaps there could be a small incentive like awarding a badge for the first two upvotes to a user, or for upvoting users with less than 20 rep, or something like that

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If your question is about stackexchange, this should be asked on If you meant SO, SU, and/or SF, it would be good to reword your question. – Timothy Carter Sep 23 '09 at 18:01
It applies to all stackoverflow powered sites – juan Sep 23 '09 at 19:22
You might submit it under the Badge ideas question ( – Super Long Names are Hilarious Sep 23 '09 at 19:37
@JQAn: Is your proposal mean badge to new users or badge to voters? – Somnath Muluk Jul 13 '12 at 6:47
Voters. "badge for the first two upvotes to a [new] user" – juan Jul 13 '12 at 13:21
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I think the SE sites, while in Beta should give out 100 rep to get things going.

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I think voting should be based strictly on the merit of the question/answer. Any incentive to vote for a lower quality post will only hurt the site.

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