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An attempt to improve answer quality while limiting redundance within answers:

Please provide your opinion about the following suggestions as an answer, so we can have a discussion to potentially improve answer quality.

  • systematize approval of edits through creation of a upvote system for suggestions.
  • allow users to gain reputation for upvoted contributions (improved answers / approved edits).
  • create an incentive for users to contribute to already existing answers.

Note: I am aware of the current +2 rep for accepted edits. This is different from the hereby suggested incentive for edits though, which would be proportional to its usefulness (determined by upvotes, the community, or otherwise).

In case there are plenty of answers to a question already,

  • the first post has great chances of long-term success (regardless of original quality)
  • contributing to a large answer currently won't earn reputation (beyond a single +2)
  • duplicating an answer to append new info among useful edits results in massive redundance among answers
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    To those downvoting: Please leave a comment why. – Semnodime Nov 9 at 4:00
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    I suspect each downvote indicates a user who thinks your feature request is not useful. Whenever I get a question downvoted multiple times I reflect on whether there is anything that I can do to improve it via editing. – PolyGeo Nov 9 at 4:20
  • @PolyGeo According to your suspicion, I edited the question to explicitly ask for answers. – Semnodime Nov 9 at 4:31
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    I don't think there's ever a need to ask for answers in a question. The presence of a single question mark should make it obvious that you are seeking answers and what your precise question is. – PolyGeo Nov 9 at 4:41
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    Voting is different on meta: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/87475/… – Luuklag Nov 9 at 5:31
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    Brings back memories of the edit wars in the SO Documentation Feature that ended up having to be shut down. Can't see how incentivizing answer edits or voting on them wouldn't have same the same results and similar conflicts – charlietfl Nov 9 at 23:43

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