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Currently area51 is overrun by proposals and questions that are sometimes not of very high quality. I think the problem is, many are addicted to the rep-system (I won't even exclude myself) and therefore try to ask as many "good" questions as possible even on proposals they are not following. As a result there are too many questions to be judged with just 5+5 votes.

I make the numbers up, but basically:

I propose posing questions costs 5 rep which will be refunded as soon as 5 votes prove its usefulness (may also be mixed e.g. 3 on-topic 2 off-topic votes) and be rewarded with 10 rep as soon as the on/off-topic-status is determined. Voting for questions for a followed proposal should gain 1 rep per vote, maybe 2 rep if the question has less then 10 votes or is not clearly on-/off-topic yet¹. The amount of proposals that can be followed should also be limited (or at least how many can be joined per week).

¹ the latter might cause people to vote in such way that already clear questions become instable, so some anti-seesaw-mechanism would need be made up,too

edit (thx Arlen) Some way to gain much rep has to be provided to relieve the moderators, as Arlen pointed out. So 5 rep points per vote despite the question already being clear in its topic-ness should be needed. And maybe multiplying all rep-#s by 10. Of course this whole suggestion requires the voting limit to be relieved, plus it'd make the meh-vote obsolete (everyone disagreeing with the question could ignore it knowing the poser has -5 rep for that)

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That would not really work as the appointed moderators would never get relieved by new mods joining.

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thanks, you're so right, I edited my suggestion including your answer – Tobias Kienzler Jun 8 '10 at 17:10

I don't think we need to make the meh-vote obsolete. It's important to let people know that there is a third alternative.

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true, and that is not the essence of my suggestion, just a possible addition – Tobias Kienzler Jun 8 '10 at 17:17
Definitely. "meh" may be unfortunately named, but it serves an important purpose. – Pops Jun 8 '10 at 17:19

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