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What motivates people to answer questions in Stack Overflow? [closed]

I want that too - motivation to answer programming-related questions. What is yours?
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Is Stack Overflow a type of game?

I hope this question isn't perceived the wrong way. I am sincerely interested in hearing some of your thoughts about the title of this post. Sometimes, answering a question on Stack Overflow is an ...
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Theoretical question: Hide rep above 10k?

Imagine, when you get to 10k rep (obviously the point where you can comment, edit, vote to close and delete, have access to the moderator privileges).. instead of it showing an ever-increasing number, ...
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Badge for upvotes after rep cap is reached

How about recognizing upvotes which do not convert to reputation after the daily cap is reached? I am still thinking up a good name for such a badge (ProBono is a good name) and, suitable criteria ...
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What's the incentive to answer questions?

I am still new to this website but I am curious, what is the incentive for people to answer questions? It seems like there is a much higher time effort of people to answering versus asking, which ...
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Why do I get more satisfaction out of participating in SO than out of my job?

Alternatively, are there good ways to get more satisfaction out of my job, possibly by leveraging my participation in SO?
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Why does Stack Overflow work?

I have a few questions about Stack Overflow and how it works: How do intelligent programmers the world over find time to answer everybody's questions? What incentive do people have to answer ...
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What is the motivation for answering questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Why do programmers help each other without pay? What motivates people to answer questions in Stack Overflow? You have StackOverflow, and you have Wikipedia, and you have ...
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How to motivate users to write tag wikis?

A very large number of tags on Stack Overflow don't have tag wikis at all. How can users be motivated with enough rep to write and edit them more often? Rationale: A great deal of users asking ...
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Lost my motivation after 3000 points

So now that I've gotten past 3000 points on Stack Overflow, I don't feel much incentive to keep playing. Nothing new will happen until 10000, which seems unachievable. Shouldn't there be something to ...
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Why is it a problem, to collect so many rep as possible? [closed]

The rep is not given for anything. It correlates well with the useful work for the sites. People doing this, they are not "rep farmers". More exactly, yes they are, but it is a good thing (...
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StackOverflow tidy-up day!

For the last couple of days I've been digging deep in the Unanswered Questions tab and looking at all those questions that do have answers and no upvotes and upvoting if there is a correct answer. ...
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C++ / How can someone that asks questions like this have 3500+ reputation? [duplicate]

Also see: Should the weight of downvotes be increased? Response: Is this really an exact duplicate, and so deserving to be closed? It may lead to an ultimately similar discourse, but Rich B's ...