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No. Answers are more valuable than questions because they require knowledge, giving more reputation to answers rewards learning and acquiring that knowledge. Users asking a question (trying to solve problem) will get answers besides the reputation, a solution to their problem which is a reward on its own. Reputation unlocks moderation powers - reputation ...


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Simply increasing question reputation as stated will make it easier for sockpuppets/voting rings to start. It's rather easier to copy a nice looking programming question from Quora / Reddit and post it on Stack Overflow (maybe changing a few words to avoid the simplest plagiarism checks) and after two upvotes (instead of three) you'll already be able to ...


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Weighing up the pros and cons, I'd have to say overall "no". It's very site dependent. Compare: Stack Overflow and Math.SE attract users who repeatedly post poor questions, and slowly accumulate reputation. This change may encourage them, so I'd expect it's not beneficial at these sites. At Chinese.SE, I can spend 20+ minutes writing a question, only to ...


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You know as well as I do that the answer is "no". Or at least - not in a way visible to most users, or even to users active on meta.stackexchange.com . This is another example of the apparent paradigm shift in SE Inc.'s management of the SE network - towards unilaterlism and arbitrariness, as myself and others have claimed before. Once they realized the way ...


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No. Answers > Questions Answers are more important than questions because people (including ones who posted a question) are coming for the answers. Nobody is interested in a wonderful question that has no answers. Someone can argue that an awesome question will inevitably get interesting answers but that's actually means that by definition valuable ...


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I like the ideas, and I see three options: You need 15 in-site rep (i.e. association bonus doesn't count) or being a member for 24 hours to vote. Downside: I've got an account on RPG for a while without any activity but voting, with this system I would already generate this bad noise (and I certainly do, to some extent, without the intention to disturb the ...


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I don't understand why Stack Overflow Inc the company chose to hide away the reasoning behind this change, but a Stack Overflow moderator (Cody Gray) has shared a partial account of it over on Meta Stack Overflow. Here are some snippets: This decision was made with the benefit of hindsight: Jeff's solution [halving rep for question upvotes from 10 to 5] ...


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Indeed. The current message is very misleading and actually wrong. It makes you think the votes will be automatically applied, which they aren't. To keep the 'we do something with your feedback' part of the message, my counterproposal is: Thanks for your feedback! You need ≥15 rep to upvote posts. We will remember your vote for analysis. Once you have ...


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Strictly Speaking, No, but It's Complicated If a site's community wants to change a question's upvote value for that site it could be beneficial, but it's not clear all sites would benefit. Site Dependent The issue isn't what to do with bad or even mediocre questions; SE has multiple ways of dealing with them, and bad questions tend not to get many ...


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I pretty much agree. The way it currently works, HNQ undermines the whole way the reputation and badge system works. As a recent example, on the site at which I'm the most active, my most upvoted answer (at the time when this answer was originally posted) is a rather trivial, short, basic answer that I put nearly no effort into. I typed it on my phone ...


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No, we shouldn't. Ultimately, we should be voting on things based on the quality/usefulness of that question itself - not based on the reputation the user gains from that post, or based on how other people have voted on that post. A slight change to how much reputation the user gains from the post - or more accurately, a reversion of a previous change that ...


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No, because increasing the value of an up-vote doesn't matter if nobody votes on a question (or answer). One of the purposes of a site like Stack Overflow was for users to treat it a bit of a "developers notebook" in which problems were documented along with their solution. While this can be useful for generating useful information over the long term, ...


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I generally agree with @Glorfindel's answer, but have some additional context. The main issue here is the large difference between the cost of a downvote and the benefit of an upvote (to the poster receiving the vote). I think this concern is highlighted by looking at some posts the community has strongly disapproved of in the past: An apology: 106 up, 2228 ...


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No. You're giving spammers reputation, which they can use to do nasty things like posting comments with spam links (which tend to go unnoticed on old posts), post more spam links, posting spam on meta where it's less likely to be seen, upvote each other's spam posts, etc...


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No. Questions should be asked from a need to find an answer, and the answers should be reward enough.


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This would be somewhat pointless (well, worse). I'd literally upvote every post I post if able, because: Naturally I think they're all useful Just to potentially increase the attention my post gets (and to keep up with others doing the same) To get reputation, if you were thinking that it would give you reputation (and I'm sure everyone would do the same ...


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It isn't implemented yet, so you don't have to worry about your tapping skills. I agree this is a very useful addition, something I have been wanting for a long time. Both mobile apps seem to have this, but the mobile web interface doesn't. This feature request has been rejected some time ago, but I brought it up on Meta SE again. Let's see if it helps.


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I support this. I've been on the receiving end of this a lot on The Workplace. Sometimes I write a super innocuous and not that spectacular answer, and it ends up somewhere insane like +200 within a day. That's unhealthy, and it's not based on quality either. Usually the answer that's currently highest voted gets all the drive-by votes. This phenomenon is ...


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Nowhere. If you like something, upvote it. That way the respondent gets an increase to their reputation, and posts with more votes float to the top of the page, thereby helping other people recognise that they are more popular (and therefore likely more correct) an answer. Upvotes benefit everyone. +1 comments benefit nobody. I don't want to sift ...


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Strictly speaking, you should not vote on the question. Votes on questions are designed to reflect the quality of the question; if you haven't bothered to read it, you're in no position to judge the quality. The better decision would be to actually read the question and vote on it if you felt it was appropriate to do so, however. We encourage people to not ...


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No, this is not automatic. Your first post on each Stack Exchange site is reviewed by other users in the First Posts review queue and users are encouraged to vote (up or down) those posts. On average, first posts by new users are lower quality, so if you write a decent post, chances are that reviewers are positively surprised and upvote your post, even ...


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The tooltip on the upvote button says This answer is useful. That's the only criterion you should consider when upvoting an answer. Time spent should never be a consideration. It doesn't mean you may not upvote an answer that didn't solve your issue; if it provides you additional insight, it can be useful as well. In a recent post, I have done this and ...


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I lean towards "no, it should not be increased", that's probably a bad idea, unless... First why not: because I don't think the common assumption that increasing rep earned from questions means "more incentive to ask better quality questions" is necessarily true. The incentive is probably just to ask more questions, quality be jiggered. Increasing the rep ...


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Does Bob's answer deserve an upvote for being indirectly useful? How you spend your votes is entirely up to you. If you had been unable to find the answer because you didn't know the right keyword to search for, that answer might be just what you needed. If you already knew that you needed to close the streams but didn't know how, that answer doesn't add ...


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The only time I heard about that was the question by Robert last week. This seems to be the earliest "appearance" on the "stage". Correction: the first question was asked by Jo King, but it was closed and deleted rather quickly. Obviously: another epic fail in communication, by the company, and the director of Public Q&A. Really boils down to: they ...


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Never, while(true){printf("ever ,");} vote on a person. Vote on their posts. And as for telling the number of upvotes necessary to trigger the voting algorithm, that would defeat the purpose of the algorithm, wouldn't it, because if they release the algorithm, people would simply go one under that. If you really want to get someone rep fast, select an ...


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Go to the timeline of the question: https://stackoverflow.com/posts/64565671/timeline That question is used in review audits over the last few days. That brings it to fresh eyes that have the privilege to vote. The question became a hot network question on the 28th of October. Hotness attracts a lot, a lot of potential voters from around the network. It did ...


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Do you think this is a good idea? Not at all. All the true quality folks are welcome to skip this answer, you probably won't like it, as this is pretty emotional, and not so much focusing on the aspects the quality folks uphold. Thing is: gamification is still a large factor that drives this network. Many people that contribute a lot of content do that to ...


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Here is a SEDE query to find this out. On Stack Overflow, some users managed to gain more than 100,000 reputation (left). On other sites, the numbers are lower: here on Meta the record is 33k (middle), and the highest non-Stack Overflow example I could find was 41k on Science Fiction & Fantasy (right).


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