I think the problem with stackoverflow is that inactive users get their experience as well.

E.g. If I ask some good questions or if I provide some good answers, I don't have to do anything next x years and I will get many points and badges despite of the fact, that I am not visiting the website at all.

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    Not always..... By the way, what do you want to ask? May 21, 2012 at 13:51
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    I would think a good question or answer deserves up-votes even if the user is not connected.
    – Brady
    May 21, 2012 at 13:51
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    Why do you think this is a problem ?
    – AakashM
    May 21, 2012 at 13:52
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    Is someone trying to mess with my comfortable SO rep pension? That's dangerous, man. I know people.
    – Pekka
    May 21, 2012 at 13:53
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    Now I understand that you do not want to make users dependent on it. The great value lies in the content only.
    – theSpyCry
    May 21, 2012 at 14:35

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The emphasis is on content and not users.

A highly voted post would suggest good content regardless of the OP's visitation frequency...

Even if a user is deleted from the system, his/her contributions will still be available.

Here is an example of this - Convert a hexadecimal string to an integer efficiently in C?
( looking for a better example of a quality post if any one can help out please...)

I might pop in every other Friday to make a contribution but should my contribution be worth less because I am not a frequent visitor of the site?

Disclosure - I am frequently here though...

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    If the emphasis is on content, then it is alright. Because if it wasn't the case, users must have been losing their 'experience'
    – theSpyCry
    May 21, 2012 at 14:33
  • @mrl - Agreed, luckily its always Friday in Iceland...
    – Lix
    May 21, 2012 at 14:42

It is absolutely acceptable. We people see movie producers producing movies out of public demand, or a novelist writing great novels. If they are good, people accept them whole heartedly even decades after their release. That's how it is. If you ask a great question or post a great answer, you'll be praised for ever.

And mind you!!! This is not the case in just Stack Overflow, or other SE sites, This is a global human behaviour.

  • I think you are comparing incomparable. A movie / novel is an art. IT is changing. It must be held actual. Questions should be updated and improved.
    – theSpyCry
    May 21, 2012 at 14:39
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    @PaN1C_Showt1Me: I really don't think so. Everything in this world is comparable to every other thing in some or the other way.... Here, I compare movies/novels and questions/answers because both of them are popular and liked only if their concept is new and creative, no matter if they are art or technology... May 21, 2012 at 14:53

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