I apologize if this has already been asked. I searched for information but couldn't find any. I was wondering why reputation isn't given when somebody marks your answer as a favorite. I have a question that has been marked more times as a favorite then given up votes. I would think the amount of times the answer was marked as a favorite would at most be equal to the number of up votes. If a user marks a question as a favorite, I would think the question would automatically get up voted. Maybe there's a reason for not having it work this way?
Because Favorites more or less act as bookmarks and not always because it was of special quality. I know some of us don't even like the idea of awarding badges based upon how many people mark it as a favorite.
Sometimes a question will be marked as favorite because of an answer to that question.
There might be some really horrible questions out there that still manage to attract a great response. It would be folly to give rep in that case.
As I see it, marking a question as favorite is a rather temporal thing. I mark questions as favorite when I'm curious about the future answers, but when my curiosity has been met, my problem been solved, I usually unmark the question.
I would rather see people upvote questions they favor, as this will be more permanent. This will be encourage soon, as it seems.
The word "Favorite" imply that user likes it, but all people, answering this question, are using favorites as bookmarks. So the current name is confusing and BOOKMARK will be a better name. There is a change request Rename "favorite" questions to "subscribed" or "following" unfortunately declined due to misunderstanding.
If favorites will be renamed to BOOKMARKs , or if bookmarks will be created additionally to favorites, it will avoid confusion.
One favorite use-case I have - the most frequent one - is to mark a post that has problems I can't address properly because I've run out of flags. If the OP gets rep for my 'favorite' I don't really mind, as long as the rep is taken back when I 'un-favorite'. But from the OP point of view, gaining rep, then having it taken away again a day or two later doesn't sound like great fun. In any case, we already have voting to show 'favor', or not.
I agree with OP. When someone puts a question in his favorites, it's to find it easily, so it has a strong interest in this question. It may be for its own projects, general culture, etc.
The question is useful to this person.
I see things like this:
- up-vote for the quality of the question
- up-favorite for the usefulness of the question
So I think we should get points when someone marks our question in favorite.