Possible Duplicate:
Reputation for comments?

Sometimes, comments to answers can add useful insight that helps improve an answer to a question. However, comment upvotes currently do not earn the commenter any reputation. Should this perhaps be changed, such that comment upvotes earn the commenter a small amount of reputation? (Say, +1.)

  • 2
    @Arjan: Good points made over there. Also, the Pundit badge does kinda-sorta capture the intent of my suggestion, if only in a different way. Suggesting to close this question.
    – user
    Mar 11, 2011 at 12:14

1 Answer 1


No, as more often than not comments just ask for thing (i.e. more code) in the question that a few people want too, so it gets up voted.

No one should get rep for asking for the obvious, also people who post funny comments tend to get a lot of up votes, I don't think the rep system should be polluted by this. It is first and foremost a professional network so we would be de-valuing the rep system if such a thing was implemented.

  • 37
    It seems like there should be reputation rewards for great comments. A comment with 100+ upvotes contributes to the community and should therefore be rewarded. Even if it's something dumb like +1 reputation points for every comment with 100 upvotes; it's at least a gesture. Maybe 25=>1; 50=>5; 100=>25 ? Upvote this comment if you agree :-)
    – snekse
    Sep 4, 2014 at 20:54
  • 17
    @snekse And downvote the comment if you disagree?
    – user
    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:09
  • 3
    @MichaelKjörling, good question. But what's being suggested is only a minor reputation boost for extremely valued comments. You might not find it so valuable, and thus not upvote it, but it seems unlikely that a comment would get 100 upvotes and there nevertheless be a significant number of people who think the comment is detrimental. (Hmm, then again, if the comment is just a joke that a lot of people like, it could easily deserve downvotes as well.)
    – Mars
    Jan 24, 2015 at 5:04
  • 4
    @snekse, I'm mentally downvoting your comment because I disagree.
    – user282657
    May 30, 2017 at 13:17

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .