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Questions tagged [incentive]

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Would encouraging votes on new answers improve chronology independence?

Chronology Independence is a concept I'm introducing related to the correlation between answer popularity and the order and gaps in time between answer submittals. Imagine three nominees for the ...
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What is the average time distribution of reputation accrual?

I am wondering if anyone has analyzed average reputation points accrued over time. Given that posting a good answer to a question will accrue a total of x points over a year, I imagine there must be ...
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Changing community standards and how we incentivize the brush-off

(Similar to "Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?", but more specific.) A user who's been around for a while but hasn't been too active just asked a very good question in a comment. He ...
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Feature needed to incentivize more positive activity mostly orthogonal to current incentives

Why I think another feature is needed: There are currently 2 primary methods of gamification for the site: Reputation and Badges. (Hats seem like a tweaked form of badges, and as they're seasonal, ...
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Encourage people to “Pay it forward”

Stack Exchange uses rewards to encourage participation: Votes for good content Badges for good questions, answers, and behavior Reputation bonuses for valid edits Increased responsibilities for good ...
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Meta-Meta SO - Is letting access to all a good idea?

Edit: I've rewritten the title to indicate I do not have a personal "opinion" on this matter, but that I'm rather trying to see where everybody stands in regards to new member participation on meta. ...
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Is there an Incentive to vote to close?

I am glad SO is rationalizing the close policy. I had been repeatedly admonishing closers, and looks like I was not the only one. On to the topic, is there a reputational incentive to vote to close? ...
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Will Winterbash promote mass spamming due to its short time frame?

Is there any concern that the hats, due to their time-limited nature, will encourage mass spamming of posts? Cosmopolitan, for example, can only be achieved by posting to Meta. There are over one ...
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Get an incentive for NOT saying “look at the documentation”

When a user clearly states that they are a newbie, people should be encouraged to give an interpretation of the documentation, not just a link to the documentation. Increasingly, Stack Overflow is the ...
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Is it alright to pay real money for useful help? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Offering actual money as a bounty? I'm really stuck. My post here isn't getting any help yet. I'd be thrilled to pay a few bucks for a solution. I'm thinking of posting the ...
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Do badges give additional privileges or unlock features?

So far as I can tell, badges exist to create incentive for good behavior, but they don't actually confer any additional privileges to the user, or unlock any features. Are there any badges that do ...
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Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5

This Meta question: Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions deals with various ways of rewarding the finding of duplicates, a tough and increasingly necessary janitorial task. Here's a ...
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Answering vs asking

I'm posting this question motivated by the following fact. I'm rather new to exchange sites, I signed in because I needed an answer in Cross-Validated site. I posted my question, mpiktas answered and ...
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Why don't they put a link to the homepage of the answerer in the the answer

Right if I answer or ask a question it puts a link to my profile, but if it also had link to homepage right there it would be much better. It will be an incentive to answer questions also. EDIT : It ...
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Have regular users link less-prominent duplicates to the best one by encouraging referral answers?

It's hardly news that the share of duplicates is going up. As the sites accumulate more information and more participants, the effort required to confirm that something hasn't already been answered ...
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Offering monetary incentives to complete question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Edit out an offer of financial reward. Right or wrong? This is the question... in question: How can I make DIVs flyout in response to a hover event (like the National ...
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Proposed solution to the downvote-out-of-spite problem: allow one anonymous comment per downvote

I ran into this today, but reading a bit on meta, I notice that this is actually a common occurrence: The problem Mel posts a slightly incorrect or incomplete answer to a question Victor posts ...
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Get credit for collaborating on answers?

Sometimes a few people all answer a question with subtly different but all useful answers. Wouldn't it improve Stack Overflow if we could merge the best answers and allow people to contribute to an ...
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Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions

At present if you see a question that may be a duplicate and has an easy answer you can post the answers or post a link to the duplicate question. (Or the few hi-rep users can vote to close it as ...
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Shouldn't we encourage people to try to “edit” questions before closing them?

Please understand that "encourage" is not a hard and fast rule, it's simply a matter of having some text suggestions or visual clue that get people to at least attempt to edit questions before closing ...
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Will making my question community wiki kill the incentive to post answers for it?

Most of the time, when I post questions, I try to remind myself that what I'm looking for is answers, not empty rep. As such, I'm in favor of turning the things that I post into community wiki's. ...
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What is our reward for voting? What is the metric for voting?

We have incentive to ask questions: getting answers and getting points for a good question. We have incentive for answering questions. Points, badges, reputation. But I see two problems with the ...
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Accept rate-why accept an answer that isn't an answer? [closed]

First off, I like the idea of accept rate. I'm tired of giving good answers and not having them accepted. The idea of adding another incentive to accept answers was another great idea by SO. I have ...
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How do I provide incentive to answer my question when I have no reputation?

My user page on StackOverflow is asking me if I have "considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty" for the following question: Windows Mobile App - Play MMS Stream? Which happens to be my ...
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increase upvote value on bounty questions

One of the main reasons I use bounties is to increase the attention and exposure to a question I have. The problem is, I myself rarely answer bounty questions, even if I have a good contribution to ...
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Adding incentive for editing

Not saying you should get rep for editing other people's posts but allow for some mechanism to encourage people to clean up questions (and answers if needed) Some ideas to start the discussion Edit ...