I think that one possible solution after thinking about it, might be to provide a ratio of how people are contributing to the community..
- There will always be people who need to ask questions.
- There will always be people who contribute by answering.
I personally enjoy answering questions because I feel Alot more valued this way. However, I think that compulsive 'questioners' as these users should be branded is just a bad for the community.
I don't think that people should get plus votes for asking questions. Gaining reputation to then edit peoples threads to contribute back to the community when the user has a proven history of not contributing is just bad bad bad.
Take this user.
He has 3.4k reputation with questions which practically never get over the 2 line mark.
I am new to this community, so I can't profess to have been around while things were getting started, nor can say that I have a proven history of contributing back, but a user like this, who will one day hit the 10k reputation mark and then have limited moderation powers isn't really right - surely?
Its kind of like a surreptitous coup... because these users are devaluing the site right? Sure they are asking questions which would not otherwise have been answered... but they are very very poor questions to begin with. Ones which only take 10 seconds of research and then answers which take minutes to provide...
I only have a limit on the amount of time I can answer questions... as I am sure lots of other people do. If you are spending your time answering these kinds of peoples' questions who seem to either be totally stupid or purposefully trying to become the leading kleptomaniac for the award of stupid questions, rather then answering other questions... then I think the community is suffering.
I am not sure. I think removing reputation for question asking would be sufficient.