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Do you care more about reputation or badges?
What motivates people to answer questions in Stack Overflow?

What do you guys think that the main motivation factor for the users to visit and answer SO?

Most people visit to find answers to their problems/questions, but people who answer what is the main motivation? Is it...

  1. Reputation
  2. Knowledge Sharing
  3. Learning
  4. etc...

At least tell whats your motivation for visiting these sites.


Everyone will tell you it's the altruistic sensation you feel when helping people... but the real reason is reputation and badges.

and pleasing the unicorn god


In my case, boredom.

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    At close to 2^16 rep, you must be really bored. – balpha Apr 5 '10 at 19:14
  • Have you thought about changing something in your life? – juan Apr 5 '10 at 19:18

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