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I've noticed over the last month or so(?) that there's alot of people marked unknown with a rep of 1 asking low-quality questions that quickly get closed.

I remember when I started out with stack overflow you couldn't even ask a question until you had gained some rep by answering a few.

Why did that change? I think it helped raise the quality of questions by filtering out the people who are 'all give and no take'.

  • Did you join during the beta, or shortly thereafter? – tomjedrz Nov 16 '09 at 23:01
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I don't think that's changed - I think it's always been that way. The bar was always meant to be low for asking questions, with suitable encouragement to make them good questions.

  • Okay, so maybe I'm crazy :) – Kevin Laity Nov 16 '09 at 22:12
  • @Jon, How did you get the sockpuppet gravatar to show, when your profile has your normal picture? – Lance Roberts Nov 16 '09 at 22:15
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    @Lance - your browser has it cached; I see Jon... Tony is busy with prep for the play. – Marc Gravell Nov 16 '09 at 22:39
  • @Marc, thanks, time to clean that cache. – Lance Roberts Nov 16 '09 at 22:44

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