Rewarding the Questions Askers seems to be the opposite of this proposal. Back then, one of the answers included a nice analysis of what the effect would be when this change occurs.

I think it would be nice to have an impact analysis (something more substantial than the askers will gain more reputation which is quite obvious).

A particular point of this analysis would be the following case (questions):

  • score < 0
  • current reputation gained by user from the question < 0
  • new reputation gained by user from the question > 0

If there are many such cases, it would significantly encourage asking bad questions.

Question: Is there any impact analysis being done for the question reputation change similar to the one done in the past?

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    Check back in another three years
    – Richard
    Nov 13, 2019 at 19:55
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    it seems to being throwing the 'Optimizing for Pearls theory away as well.
    – Skooba
    Nov 13, 2019 at 19:58
  • @Skooba - yes (did not know about this). Thanks.
    – Alexei
    Nov 13, 2019 at 20:00
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    I found Shog's answer interesting. Nov 13, 2019 at 20:15
  • I'd be interesting to see how the reputation changed for different type of users.
    – testing
    Nov 14, 2019 at 16:54

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It seems there was some kind of analysis being performed before making the announcement according to this post (not sure about its validity).

However, one of its reference is still valid and provides an interesting insight:

Putting aside the intrinsic worth of questions in relation to answers, changing the reputation payout for upvotes will likely have little, if any, effect on posting or voting. More profitable avenues to explore are incentives that directly encourage upvoting good questions.

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