What about capping reputation to 20k total.
I mean rep is just about hooking new users and enabling privileges gradually. It's just about dopamine.
"It's just about A and B. It's just about ~A".
You would think after some time contributors would be engaged and would value the mission of the network and appreciate contributing for the sake of it,
That's not true. For example, there are high rep users who answer duplicates when they probably know they are duplicates. I suppose that could actually be an argument in the favour of what you are proposing, but really what you are proposing is not the best solution to that problem. Earning rep does not directly and necessarily incentivize a person to be more invested in the health of the ecosystem. Perhaps badges do the incentivization for that.
while still enjoying having lots of upvotes when they make an interesting contribution.
So you want people to keep getting notified about upvotes but not gain rep? What real difference does that make and what problem does it solve?
Maybe that would level the playing field while not overstating a contributor's importance to the network?
After a certain point, more rep does not give you any more privileges. At that point, the playing field is already levelled. If this is the only "problem" you think needs solving, your argument is dead because it was never a problem in the first place.
Why do you think this would or wouldn't be a good idea?
Why do you think it would be a good idea?
Rep is a measure of the received usefulness of a user's contributions over time. I don't see any reason in what you've written to go uprooting that.
The problem it solves is godly aura and assuming some content is valid because it comes from a high rep user and upvoting because of this instead of voting for content first.
The user card is shown under/after the content. The content is shown first.
No, I disagree, the field is not level between a 25k user and a 1M rep user, not even close. Privileges don't even the field. A cap does. My question is poorly researched, granted, but some of your statements can be easily be set aside irrespective imho.
Just to name a few.
The problem I'm trying to solve is indirectly high rep user associated with content clashes with the prerogatives of the licence i.e. share & remix.. Wikipedia doesn't have this.
Unclear to me what you're saying here.