It seems it would be very nice if a user could comment on or upvote something that just helped them solve a problem. I was disappointed that I couldn't enforce an answer or comment that really helped me because my reputation is so low. Seems silly, because some of the upvotes would probably be a lot greater if people doing searches could upvote them.

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    Probably spam... Anyway, here's a tick! +1
    – user2272969
    Dec 30 '13 at 20:34
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    It prevents creating fake accounts to give free votes to yourself. you just need 15 to do that anyway, it's not much.
    – Vland
    Dec 30 '13 at 20:34
  • I think the reputation boundary has to be reached to attain some privileges. You can't just come in as a first time user and uptick, it's simple. P.S Uptick +1 from me , now you have the privilege.
    – saopayne
    Dec 30 '13 at 20:34
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    Actually you can uptick, it send something called "post feedback" which is documented here. While it doesn't affect reputation, it does get collected and maybe at some point it will have some effect. :) Dec 30 '13 at 20:56
  • @ChristmasUnicorn congrats for round 2000! Dec 30 '13 at 23:20
  • @ShadowWizard Thanks :D
    – Walker
    Dec 30 '13 at 23:29

You can vote and comment once you have sufficient reputation. New users and those with low reputation cannot.

Here is what you can do as your reputation increases: https://stackoverflow.com/help/privileges.

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    The OP seems to be aware of that, he's asking for the reasoning behind it. Dec 30 '13 at 20:45

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