I see that early birds have scooped great merit by asking (edit: and answering) all the obvious questions first. The unfortunate flip side of this is that it becomes increasingly difficult for newcomers (of no lesser aptitude) to rack up enough points to do something useful.
Is any provision being made to combat this difficulty? We should explore the possibilities, otherwise there is a danger of the site feeling closed off to newcomers.
What can be done?
One thing I can immediately think of that springs to mind is cleaning/reorganising work. the simple fact that people like accumulating points is very powerful. So SO could make a massive change to its internal structure, and rely on a lot of willing helping hands to transfer stuff over.
For example, duplication of knowledge is a problem. merging threads is tricky; what do you do with the separate conversation threads?
I would suggest an extension of the structure: the ability to create wiki-nodes. And connect them with any number of other wiki-nodes, as well as any number of question nodes.
So for example, say there are 20 or 30 threads dealing with the modulus operator. someone fairly new to the scene could create a 'Modulus Operator' wikiNode, which contains a basic summary of the information contained within the nodes, which would contain links to all of the relevant nodes. this list could be organised in part, with the remainder just listing all of the remaining links that don't appear to have any outstanding value.
Also a 'C++ operators' wiki-node may be created in the future, which would arc-connect with this wiki-node. etc. every link would be 2-way, xanadu-style.
This is just an example: my point is that this situation of increasing scarcity of easy points could be used for the benefit of SO's evolution. and it's worth discussing how.