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This question gave us this beautiful page where low quality posts are shown.

Usually those "low quality posts" are:

The edits to the third kind of posts can be rewarded easily without having to vote on edits.

You would, for example, gain 1 token reputation by improving an answer's score by 10 points* (and lose as much by making it worse, so that you can't do rollback wars with yourself.) This reputation would count towards the rep cap. Closed and CW posts wouldn't count.

This doesn't need to only apply to bad posts. This would encourage tasks such as editing an incomplete answer, instead of adding a competing one (as much as it is encouraged, I think one good answer is better than two possibly incomplete ones) -- from what I see, just making a post longer improves its score.


The Stack Overflow only problem with this example is that, on average, adding code reduces a post's score. This could result in a reputation penalization for adding code sample to an answer! Similar problems may also apply to LaTeX sites if the score calculation counts equations. We're talking about 1 rep however...

Also, this may make reputation recalculation more expensive -- especially now that you can make them on-demand.

*Average edit score gain in the few tests I've made.

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Ready... Steady... DOWNVOTE! – badp Dec 22 '10 at 12:18
Is this an SO only optimization? Would it readily apply to, for instance, Cooking.SE? – jcolebrand Dec 22 '10 at 14:26
@drach No -- as I explain in the flipside, it'd apply best to sites that do not discuss code and do not use LaTeX, as those topics skew the scoring. Cooking would be ideal. – badp Dec 22 '10 at 14:28
But that's rather my point @radp ~ If you can't make it work for all, it seems a micro-op sort of thing. – jcolebrand Dec 22 '10 at 21:47
@drachenstern I'm not saying it wouldn't work on SO -- it would, but with a few gotchas. – badp Dec 22 '10 at 23:08

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