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Many economists, contemporary or otherwise, argue that controlled measured inflation is good for an economy as it can be shown to increase productivity.

With the recent doubling of question reputation to 10 points per uptick, how about doubling the answer reputation to 20?

Furthermore, we could make question and answer downvotes -4 (the cost to the voter for the latter becomes -2), and good pre-4k reputation edits +4.

In order to maintain a sense of motivation, perhaps we could double all the privilege thresholds, including the SWAG which would now be at 200k and 500k?

What do you all think?

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    If we increase votes to be 50 EXP each that will make it a more welcoming community of ad revenue – random Nov 14 at 17:29
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    How about 100? Anyone for 200? – Robert Harvey Nov 14 at 17:32
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    Your question would be a better one if you provided some rationale. Otherwise, this just looks like a troll question, and I think we've all had enough of that nonsense. – Robert Harvey Nov 14 at 17:33
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    @RobertHarvey "as it can be shown to increase productivity" – Bathsheba Nov 14 at 17:34
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    I said "rationale," not "hand-waving." – Robert Harvey Nov 14 at 17:34
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    Why should this require any additional rationale than the other? – user400654 Nov 14 at 17:35
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    Rather we should increase the downvote weight from 2 to 5 or 8. – Meraj al Maksud Nov 14 at 17:35
  • What's the point of increasing every single value? This isn't an economy, and you don't sell things to others for reputation, and you don't buy things from others for reputation. – abc Nov 14 at 17:36
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    @KevinB: The rationale for the 5 to 10 reputation increase is that the original decrease to 5 rep did nothing to increase question quality, which is true. Whether that's a reasonable argument or not I leave as an exercise for the reader. – Robert Harvey Nov 14 at 17:36
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    @MerajalMaksud: Yes, personally I believe it should be symmetrical - else you have the absurd consequence that a question like this is net reputation gaining. – Bathsheba Nov 14 at 17:37
  • No evidence of that was provided. – user400654 Nov 14 at 17:37
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    @KevinB: It's the New SE Corporate™. You were expecting double-blind, peer-reviewed studies? – Robert Harvey Nov 14 at 17:38
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    Only if we also upgrade the question rep to 20... – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Nov 14 at 17:52
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    Anyone whom can answer questions on: Cross Validated, Math Overflow, Operations Research, Physics, Quantum Computing, etc. is more than welcome to do so, or oppose an increase to the value of the Q&As - they can take a long time to write, and require considerable expertise. – Rob Nov 14 at 18:29
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Many economists, contemporary or otherwise, argue that controlled measured inflation is good for an economy as it can be shown to increase productivity.

  1. Economists are infamous for ideological biases and failure to predict fateful events (like the 2008 financial collapse).
  2. "Productivity" is a problematic concept. By common metrics, if you produce and sell a popular but low-quality product that breaks down quickly and has to be re-purchased, you're super productive, but if you make a few exquisite articles that are a marvel to behold and inspire artists and scientists, but don't sell them - then you're a bum who produces nothing.
  3. We're talking about website gamification here. It's not an economy.

With the recent doubling of question reputation to 10 points per uptick, how about doubling the answer reputation to 20?

Honestly - you're giving me a headache :-(

Furthermore, we could make question and answer downvotes -4 (the cost to the voter for the latter becomes -2), and good pre-4k reputation edits +4.

Ow, my head!

... seriously, though, one (undiscussed) change at a time. Let's let the dust settle on the latest change.

In order to maintain a sense of motivation, perhaps we could double all the privilege thresholds,

You say 'we' - but 'we' have no control over any of that stuff these days; SE Inc. doesn't engage with us and decides unilaterally. Also, you're making several unfounded assumptions, such as lack of motivation, or no need for people with those privileges etc.

including the SWAG which would now be at 200k and 500k?

Do they even give out swag these days?

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    Apologies for causing you a headache. Ouch! Have an upvote; I hope that helps a little: It’s all I can do really. – Bathsheba Nov 15 at 18:33
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  • The goal

The goal should be to have a site where you can easily ask and find the solutions with keeping the quality. A reputation is just a number which shows how much you have contributed to the community and expertise in a particular field.

  • Reputation recalculation as we have for questions.

Many of us will get the privileges that keep the cleaner and quality site. For example review-queues, tools which require more attention and expertise.

  • What's the point of increasing every single value?

what you have suggested is ultimately double the numbers for reputation gain or loss and privilege thresholds. You will get 20 reputations for upvotes for an answer and you will have the privilege at 4000 reputations. Currently, the same privilege is available at 2000 reputations with 10 reputations for upvotes for an answer (no reputation recalculation as we have for questions from 5 to 10)

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    Personally I put the ability to search the Q & A site above the ability to ask, but with some work this has the potential to be a good answer. Note that my deliberate undercurrent of facetiousness is also there to demonstrate the situation where downvotes on a question are no longer sufficiently penalising: I conject (and it is only merely conjecture) that this will decrease the quality of questions. I also believe from the bottom of my heart that it is simpler to ask a good question than it is to write a good answer, but I know that argument has ran its course and I'm on the wrong side of it! – Bathsheba Nov 14 at 18:00
  • I agree that it might be easy to ask a good question than it is to write a good answer, but doubling the reputations for an answer is not a way, what reputation will be given for accepting the answer? – Patel Romil Nov 14 at 18:14
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    @PatelRomil You're missing the point: Bathsheba is not looking for an answer here. They seem to have asked the question to make a point. The question is facetious and largely rhetorical. They don't appear to actually want an answer to the question. – Rubiksmoose Nov 14 at 18:16

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