I have seen the blog post regarding reputation changes from March and read a bunch of the discussions on meta regarding rep, but I just wanted to give some feedback from a new user's perspective.
I have not had any questions to ask because anything I have run into has already been answered; a quick search on Google or SO was all it took. I have been doing my best to give back to these awesome resources by answering other people's questions and it's quite enjoyable to see my reputation go up.
The problem: Many of the questions I see are also very easy to find with a quick search, yet these questions are getting up voted much more so than any answers I have been able to provide. It is a bit discouraging to see someone who just signed up ask 10 general questions and blow right by my current rep.
Being self reliant has been a detriment to my reputation and the opposite is true for people who don't have the tools or desire to figure things out on their own.
Maybe reputation gain should be directly related to a users question to answer ratio:
If you have provided more answers than questions, your rep gain per up vote goes up.
If you have asked many questions and have not participated in answering many at all, your rep gain goes down to 0 per up vote. As the cited blog post states:
The question asker already enjoys a substantial benefit beyond reputation gain from upvotes on their question — namely, they get great answers to their question!
If a member is here just to tap the community for answers, they probably shouldn't be getting much reputation for doing that. Well, not a positive one at least :)