The question has been closed for the following reason "Question is off-topic or not relevant" by Barry Allen 20 Jun '13, 09:50
It is not so much the points themselves but what the points represent. They represent the people that have been helped by your question or answer. To see the people that you have helped lets you know that what you wrote has some level of value to it. When you get few votes, no votes, or worse, down votes it is more like you shouldn't have bothered, your question or answer is not wanted or needed. However when you see people like what you wrote, it shows that what you had to say was needed and it gives incentive and confidence even inspiration for more questions or answers.
answered 24 Nov '12, 12:51
Hi @Manny - Welcome to IQ!
Any honest question you have is very welcome here, and you really needn't pay attention to the points at all if you don't want to. Many here don't, although I do think its very human.
Its a place for learning and sharing what you've learned, IMO. I also agree with @Wade Casaldi - Points can be fun and interesting, and they help organize the site for people searching for wise and informative answers.
You can make friends here, if you like, and for me it is always nice to know how folks who know me here think about what's going on in my head, because they have guided me so much, and I trust them. On the other hand, I've received facinating opinions and priceless guidance on questions I've asked here that were not popular at all, so my advice would be, don't worry about it. Have fun.
Ask away, Manny, and enjoy yourself. :)
answered 24 Nov '12, 13:49
Yes and no.
I have to agree with Wade. I see this site as a means of being of help to people, and many times, I post questions and answers to help and the points are only a measure of how much I helped- to a degree. I have asked many rhetorical questions because I thought that they would be of interest and help the site grow. I have asked 439 questions here on IQ, which is about one tenth of the questions asked on the site. I would get pretty boggled up if I thought about the points a lot when I asked a question. Rather, I ask because I genuinely want to either know the answer, or think that other people might want to know the answer.
I have to admit that I care a little more about the points I get for my answers than my questions. I am just being honest. It hurts when you work on an answer, and people do not vote for your answer. It seems a mystical process to me as far as what succeeds and what does not.
I applaud you for going forth and asking a question. Don't ever be afraid to ask a question. Think of the points as just a bonus for the sharing or knowledge and the joy of giving to each other.
Blessings, and Welcome,
answered 24 Nov '12, 13:55
When I began posting here I mainly wanted to be free from the Captcha process so I was interested in the karma points. Now I don't think about it.
answered 25 Nov '12, 07:54
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