I know Stack Exchange users have the privilege to contribute an answer to a question or a question once they join a Stack Exchange site (unless they are "banned" from doing so). But, I believe that reputation should be awarded for contributing answers to questions (maybe 2 or 3 reputation points). Is this fair (it will apply to all users) enough, and if it is, can we add it as a feature to all Stack Exchange sites?

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    I'd like to pre-emptively explain that voting works different on meta, and upvotes or downvotes simply mean "agree" or "disagree", not that it's a "bad question" (lots of people are confused by this). Feb 17, 2016 at 9:19

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This will only invite a flood of bad answers with people answering for the sake of answering and points. Having reputation only for upvotes means you actually have to put some effort in your answer (and even then we get plenty of answers of dubious quality).

So I'm sorry, but this is a terrible idea as it's abused far too easily. In an honest world with honest and flawless people it would be a good idea, though!

I can understand you want some points for spending time and participating a such, and it's unfortunate that sometimes good answers get 0 upvotes. The universe is an unfair place.


My baloney has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R
My baloney has a second name it's M-A-Y-E-R
Oh I love to eat it every day
And if you ask me, why, I'll say...
'Cause Oscar Meyer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.


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    -1 Because I'll be hearing this in my head for the rest of the week now.
    – Servy
    Feb 17, 2016 at 21:42
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    No wonder @Carpetsmoker said that it would invite a flood of bad answers! Feb 27, 2016 at 3:36

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