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Recently the number of votes a user can cast was increased to 40 and the vox populi badge was created to encourage votes on questions.

Why not take it a step further and have two reputation caps per day: one for answers, one for questions? If we're going to encourage votes on questions let's give users room for that rep that is separate from answers.

I would envision a rep cap of 100 for questions and 200 for answers to reflect the up votes for questions only being worth half that of answers. Obviously that is open to discussion.

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Why not take it a step further and have two reputation caps per day: one for answers, one for questions? If we're going to encourage votes on questions let's give users room for that rep that is separate from answers.

This is a non sequitur. The extra votes are, as you say, to encourage voting. I don't know about you, but I have never once looked to see if the person who posted something was at the rep cap before deciding how to vote.

If anything, recent changes have been none-too-subtly trying to encourage more downvoting of questions, in which case adding a separate rep cap for questions would be irrelevant at best and counterproductive at worst.

  • Note, Jeff acknowledged there is a cost to downvote anyway. (Thanks for the link.) – Nemo Apr 30 '15 at 12:42

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