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Reputation for comments?

I"m sure someone has suggested this before but I couldn't find any threads on it.

I'm wondering if we should have a comment weight or comment rep on stack overflow. Right now you can get upvotes on a comment. Generally people use that to agree with a comment. But there doesn't seem to be a total for upvotes of comments.

I wonder if there could be any value to having something like that?

** EDIT** "Sorry, this question has answers and cannot be deleted; flag it for moderator attention instead."

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marked as duplicate by mmyers May 18 '11 at 19:17

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why the downvote ? – mcgrailm May 18 '11 at 18:36
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Because it's free! – Anthony Pegram May 18 '11 at 18:36
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@mcgrailm downvotes have a different meaning on Meta than they have on SO: They are merely an expression of disagreement here. – Pëkka May 18 '11 at 18:52
    
so its not that its not a good question just that its a bad idea ? – mcgrailm May 18 '11 at 19:06
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@mcgrailm well, it means that 3 people don't agree with it, and don't want to see it implemented. – Pëkka May 18 '11 at 19:40
    
Thanks for all rhe down votes I am now discouraged from asking my questions – mcgrailm May 18 '11 at 21:54
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You shouldn't be discouraged from asking questions here because they get downvoted. As @Pekka explained, downvotes on meta simply mean that people disagree with your feature request. For example, I just downvoted, because I don't think comments should influence your reputation in any way. That doesn't mean I have anything against you, your ability to write a question, or even think you should stop asking them in the future! – Cody Gray May 19 '11 at 4:30
    
common keep going I'll have 0 rep soo whoohoo! I can't delete the dammed thing now either – mcgrailm May 20 '11 at 20:40
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The value of StackOverflow is not the comments, the value is the answers and, to a lesser extent, the questions. While comments can be informative or entertaining, we're here to provide answers.

Keep the points on what matters.

You can, of course, earn a limited number of badges based upon your commenting activity.

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i like that answer ! I don't like free downvotes though – mcgrailm May 18 '11 at 18:43

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