Consider the following theoretical situation:
New user asks a question:
Why does my program process a sorted array faster than an unsorted array?
I see this question, I can:
- Vote to close as duplicate
- Answer the question with a link to the duplicate, with possibly a little bit of extra explanation to their exact scenario
In the first case, I get rewarded with nothing.
In the second case, I will probably get an accepted checkmark and 15 rep (if I am FGITW), and the asker will get two rep for accepting my answer. We are both encouraged to leave this duplicate open!
Therefore, I propose that we make the rewards for these two scenarios equal.
Now that we have a new user interface that allows people to close their own questions as duplicate, we should have the user verifying that their question is a duplicate provide the exact same rep as if they had accepted an answer that said the same thing.
To prevent people from posting duplicate questions on purpose to gain rep, we would not award the +2 for an accept, just the +15 accepted answer rep to the duplicate finder.
- It seems the consensus in the answers is that giving this +2 rep is not only okay, but preferred. FWIW I am okay with this.
- We would only award the +15 rep if the asker themselves clicks the "that solved my problem!" button. If it's closed as duplicate from 5 CVs, then no rep would be assigned.
- This basically means that the person marking it as a duplicate is now encouraged to explain why the duplicate question is a duplicate in the comments, because they must get the asker to believe their question is now answered. In my opinion, this is a good thing.
- This is a core part of this proposal. If this were not part of it, I wouldn't support the idea myself.
- This piece of the proposal is also why this question is not, itself, a duplicate of this or this or this.