Only apply the rep cap to score from votes
Lately I've been frustrated that some questions (e.g. about unusual technologies) can take a long time to get answered. So I've been thinking of what SO can do to help, specifically what can be done to motivate answerers to answer even more questions.
Even though now I'm mostly an asker, in a lull at work last year I spent a few months answering a lot of SO questions, so I'm also familiar with the mindset of the frequent answerers who probably account for a big % of SO's answers.
Based on that experience, I've got a suggestion for SO: remove the impact of bounties on the daily rep cap, so top answerers will be more motivated to answer questions.
Today, if an answerer gets a bounty, they are locked out of upvote rep until the next UTC day. Some saintly answerers may ignore this, but I'm embarrassed to admit I'm not one of them. When I was doing a lot of answering I got really lazy the day I won a bounty. Also, simply having an outstanding bounty answer made me less excited to answer other questions for a few days, as I never knew when the bounty would appear and make the rest of my day rep-less.
None of this stopped me from answering easy questions. But for hard questions requring an hour to build a SQL query or code sample answer, knowing there was less/no rep involved sometimes made me put off the extra effort. I know this is a selfish and mercenary reaction, but I also suspect it's also not uncommon.
This change has been requested many times before. And I can understand SO's relunctance to make the change because it seems like the main beneficiaries are top answerers who are complaining about getting "only" 200 rep per day.
But I really think this change could also help folks like me who just want to get their questions answered more quickly. How about it?