In Stack Overflow, I noticed (yes, subjectively) that users with higher reputation are more likely to receive upvotes, even if the answer is not the best choice among many.
As an example - users who asked or answered a very generic, fundamental and popular question on Stack Overflow in community's early days get a lot of upvotes which makes his/her reputation tens or hundreds of thousands of points from residual reputation and for most of the visitors or new programmers, they are willing to continue upvoting it if it works or solves their problems (even if it's not a very good solution), which it will hurt the copy/paste users in long run.
I'm just wondering if my assumption is true, or completely wrong, is there any evidence or data to prove or disprove this observation.
PS: Feel free to edit my question since English is not my first language.
I only mentioned point 0), which is not very complete.
0) will hurt the copy/paste users in long run (previous version)
So I think I need to elaborate more on the things that I concerned with:
1) Some (really small portion from my observation) high-reputation users are not getting reputations from answering questions, instead, it's from asking maybe some popular questions. And at the same time, I think users will tend to believe that higher reputation users most likely provide a correct answer, so users may willing to continue upvotes his/her answer, which this pattern may potentially damage the community.
2) Will users bravely vote up if it works without considering that there may be an even better answer provided by a low-reputation user or a same correct answer by a low-reputation user?
3) Will high-reputation users cause something like 'Academic monopoly' which may discourage some potential good knowledge or truth to be discussed or discovered?
I got quite a number of downvotes, which makes me feel a bit sad.
If I use any inaccurate words which makes people feel uncomfortable, I apologize for that, because English is not my first language, I have really no intention to offend or hurt anyone in the community.
I just want to clarify that:
1) I'm not jealous of high rep users, a very very large majority of them are brilliant and fantastic, they deserve it for absolutely no doubt.
2) I point it out from the perspective that is there any way to improve the reputation system, or does it need any amendment to help community users more.