It seems to me that P.SE is full of people that cares more for looking smart than for helping others out, at the same time with good questions / answers / votes.
Unfortunately, quality goes hand in hand with restrictions. I say unfortunately because restrictions are unpopular, but very needed some times.
As it is now, except for some guidelines that moderators use at their discretion (rightfully), there is nothing stopping low quality questions / answers / votes.
I suppose the voting system was put in place to help improve quality. What is really difficult for me to understand is
- How are we supposed to get value from free currency?
We all know that inflation is bad, but the current voting system is based on hyperinflation, because when A upvotes B, A spends nothing and B earns 10 !!
That means that the voting system is more like a LIKE than a BUY system. I like whatever, but I only buy something, for a reason.
- Maybe voting up / down should cost to A the same amount of reputation B gets / loses.
- Maybe questions / answers should initially cost authors some reputation. (while allowing them to earn some with votes along time)
In a BUY system like this, votes up/down would be like gifts, and questions/answers like bets.
The whole point is that the voting system should work towards improving the quality of the content rather than rewarding popularity. I want a knowledge base where useful content (questions / answers / votes) is not a needle in a haystack.
I'd want P.SE to be better than other sites of this kind.