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I think that those who answer (as in accepted answer) popular questions (as determined by question up-votes) should receive a proportional rep boost.

The basic value should remain the same, but perhaps a scheme such as

0-5 +15 rep
6-10 +20 rep
11-15 +25 rep
16-20 +30 rep
21 - 30 +35 rep
31+ +40 rep

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Why? chr chr chr – Remou Feb 11 '11 at 0:19
I've noticed on smaller boards (like or ubuntu) there are fairly popular threads (+8 or +10 on the question) where the answerer was given +1 or +2 upvotes, this gives a proportional boost in lieu of answer upvotes for accepted answers. – crasic Feb 11 '11 at 0:22
-1 This is a bad idea, on so many levels. – Borror0 Feb 11 '11 at 0:38
I'm pretty sure there are multiple proposals for exactly the opposite – Michael Mrozek Feb 11 '11 at 0:47

I can see only negative effects from this.

It would discourage people from answering niche, hard questions that have received little attention. Also, what's popular often takes the form of a poll - something that doesn't need to be rewarded by even more reputation.

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Reversal candidate! – Trufa Feb 11 '11 at 12:26

Popular questions inherently give more reputation to answerers because more people read them.

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