Have you ever found yourself in a – not necessarily real life but non-SO – situation thinking “How many reputation points am I getting for this?” when being asked for help?
Help forums are built on altruism. They heavily depend on receiving help in exchange to giving help in another place.
Now when I spend time on software help forums apart from SO I noticed me wondering “Why can’t they ask that on SO? The answer is worth at least 50 rep.” I suspect me even taking less effort on answering questions on these forums.
I feel like my social behavior has been spoiled by SO. Call me Uncle Scrooge. Anyone else made similar experience? Perhaps we could set up a self help group…