Please disregard. This proposal has been abandoned in favor of a new proposal.
I am starting to wonder if we should cap reputation gained for questions.
I have historically resisted this, but:
- It does seem nonsensical that users can get 10,000+ reputation purely on the basis of asking hundreds of questions.
- We already cap reputation for suggested edits -- you can never get more than +1000 total reputation from suggested edits.
- It would de-incentivize asking questions for the sake of asking questions which I think is a very good thing.
- 99.99% of users never even come close to this limit, so in practice it won't change the experience for users who ask a reasonable, typical number of questions.
I wonder if a limit of max +2000 reputation from question upvotes would make sense?
Not many users would be affected; here's a relevant data.stackexchange query:
That's about 226 users on Stack Overflow, and almost none everywhere else in the network. However, some of these "ask a zillion question" users would indeed be affected severely. You can roughly calculate how much rep they'd have after this change, by taking the sum of all their answer upvotes and adding 2000.