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Should answers to old questions get more (or less) reputation points?

Imagine you'd gain additional rep points for answering old (unanswered) questions. For instance one of these models: 1 additional rep point if the question is older than 3 month 1 additional rep ...
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How should we handle dormant questions with problems?

After posting two questions about sofaq-* tags earlier today, I decided to go on a small cruft cleanup spree. Naturally, that led to... another question. What should we do about questions like this? ...
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will anybody see my new answer to an old question?

Few minutes ago I Needed to do something, googled and found the exact question on SO question, but with an unperfect answer; googling more, I found the solution, and went back to insert my own answer (...
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Should I re-ask an old question if the answer(s) aren't acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I re-ask a question if it hasn’t been answered? How can new users get old unresolved questions answered? What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the ...
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Add incentives to “groom” high quality questions / answers in the long term

First off, forgive me if this has been proposed already. I did not find anything in the search, but of course I didn't search every suggestion there is. In some SO questions (and I'm sure SF/SU as ...
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Shouldn't the rep amount awarded for answering a question be proportional to the time it took until the question got answered?

There are a ton of unanswered questions and there is no incentive for many people to dig through those. It is extremelly annoying to see that I myself posted a couple of (hopefully valid) questions ...
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How to get attention required to close old posts?

For various reasons and in various ways, I sometimes wander around looking for old questions to close. (Think of me as the night janitor.) For example, a related question might come up in the list on ...
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Does it make sense to answer old questions?

I always wonder if I read questions and nobody ever focused on one special point - I constantly think if it is worth the time to answer them. They usually do not get any upvotes no matter how good ...
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Asking a previous question again. Isn't it useful?

It seems to me that asking a question that had been previously asked isn't very welcome in forums like stackoverflow. The logic behind this is clear: DRY (don't repeat yourself). In general I agree to ...
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How to cleanup deadlinks

I was reading some answers about ruby and there are a lot of links to _why's sites. _why has recently left the community and took all his sites with him. Almost every introduction question about ruby ...
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Should we migrate old questions?

I just read this question on superuser.com: "How do I disable beeping in the Windows console?" The first answerer pointed out that the question has been well-answered on stackoverflow.com. Except ......
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Random question button

Wikipedia has a "Random article" link on the front page that makes it easy for people to start exploring. It would be interesting to have something similar for Stack Overflow, perhaps with an ...
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Delete past questions with accepted answer or more upvotes

There should be a provision for deleting old questions. When trying to delete some questions this error message shows up. Sorry, this question cannot be deleted: too many existing answers, or ...
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How to “bump” a question that's the same as the one you wanted to ask [duplicate]

I wanted to ask a question about Hibernate and polymorphism, and before asking it I searched on Google, and lo and behold, there was already a question on SO about it. It's three weeks old and has ...
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How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else's question?

My sad story: few months ago I was looking for a solution to my problem and was about to ask a question on Stack Overflow when I found an already existing question with slightly different wording. ...
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What to do if you are interested in a (good) question that didn't get a good answer?

Today I came across this Stack Overflow question while Googling. I wanted to reopen the conversation and try to ask about scalable solutions (the solutions posed are not) but the question is eight ...
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Cleaning up our rubbish: do we have a responsibility to clean up old questions?

This is not a question about old orphaned questions. Its about old unorphaned questions like: Does ruby have real multithreading? To remain correct this question will need constant updating. An ...
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Can I re-ask a question if it hasn't been answered? [duplicate]

So I notice that some questions simply go unanswered. Due to the volume of questions asked, sometimes these questions go away from the front page fairly quickly, and then they are never seen or heard ...
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What to do about old orphaned questions?

There are a steadily growing number of questions which have perfectly reasonable answers which appear to have been orphaned in that the original asker is either: No longer using the site No longer ...
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Reviving old questions [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to revive old questions if it's not that important? I keep finding really old questions that I could answer, but most of the time my answer is rather trivial and it feels silly to ...