I am writing this suggestion as a response to this question in Stack Overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22275484/is-this-use-of-comma-operator-too-lazy
Suggestion: Discard previous and disable future reputation gain/loss for the answers given in a question that has been put on hold or closed due to being primarily opinion-based
Nothing personal, really. I was there, so let me explain the case in short:
- This question was asked, obviously primarily opinion-based
- This answer was given
- The question got voted down, but I had learned something to be possible from it, so I just voted it up
- That particular answer was receiving up-votes in the mean time
And then some more, and more...
Sincerely, nothing personal. There is one another answer to that question from me, right at the bottom of the page. I had no doubt that my response would get -I must say- disliked, therefore voted down, after having seen that people have fanatically voted up that opinion. I really was expecting more down votes than I got there, I even had one up-vote, which cancelled out all the 5 down votes I had.
The issue here is not about my post, it is about the post that received 16 up votes. That user received 156 reputation for that opinion...
I mean, this doesn't make sense, he/she didn't make an entry that was worth 16 up votes and 156 reputation, at least not up to the Stack Overflow standards. If only this answer was given on some Reddit page or something...
Since I have been involved, my honesty in this case may seem fake. I have tried my best to show that I would have no direct benefit from this thing, I already am in balance with my 5 down-votes and 1 up-vote as of now.
Previous occurrences, including this particular example, may be left as they are. In future, however, I recommend this type of reputation gain/loss handling to be implemented, to prevent reputation gain/loss due to opinion agreement and dispute, respectively.