How can we change the motivation system to encourage people to spend more time curating and looking for pearls, rather the wallowing in the sand?
We have heard that "Questions are the sand, and great answers are the pearls." (See https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/06/optimizing-for-pearls-not-sand/)
- We want to optimize for great answers because they end up helping many people, not just one.
- We want people to have an easy time finding answers to their questions.
- Sometimes, duplicate questions will be asked, since the duplicate is not immediately obvious.
- Pearls exist already, but they are not obvious.
- Our reward system is supposed to optimize for pearls, but it doesn't always do so.
Some similar critiques/issues: Why do we reward fastest answers?, Improve tools for closing as duplicate, Some people just do not know how to search, Would it be useful to be able to vote for Canonical answers?
There was a comment here - https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/108584/187896, saying that we should self-curate. Would this work? It seems like the reputation system is optimized for the opposite! I get many more points for answering quickly and badly than for re-writing, fixing, clarifying, etc.
We are drowning in new, previously asked questions, and we're giving out points for failing to help!