I have been a full stack web developer and have been using computers for most of my life.
I use these Stack Exchange websites a lot, to get answers, as they say, and indeed they are right! I get answers to the question others already posted. I am quite a happy user about this.
There is absolutely no way, even using this place for more than 10 years (I created this account four years ago to save or up/downvote some questions). I will never ever find an interesting question to post. It is just not possible.
That means I am not an expert on any particular topic, so my problems are usually "beginners type", hence they are already posted by someone else!
Happy news! There is a way around it: remove the reputation all together or, please, someone tell me how to cheat it!
I want to express gratitude for the working solution, but I am blocked from doing so.
I want to downvote.
I want to participate.
I want to make some small comments without being discriminated against because "my reputation is low".
If you put up a barrier, then you are not inclusive.
Are you afraid of spam? Well, I have a bunch of solutions for you:
- let me pay $5;
- let me pay $10 if $5 is not enough;
- use CAPTCHA: a good way of getting rid of bots;
- for the first month, no new user can post anything. See? There are nice and common alternatives. Spammers don't buy anything, and bots can't solve difficult CAPTCHAs.
If you want to filter in only smart people, then do some intelligence tests and the resulting QI value will be displayed in the user profile.
Do you want a "reputation champion" at the end of each year? Create a contest! An online one, with tasks to do and... whoever does everything faster is the winner who will be remembered for ages.
These are just examples and ideas to be discussed, but that are all much more inclusive and fair for all the users.