There's a fundamental problem here now that stackoverflow is branching to all these different specialized sites and that problem is that my reputation doesn't carry over.
This is an issue because I've become quite good at using Google over the years and therefore finding an answer to my question on a StackExchange-based website is trivial for 99% of my questions.
I can't count on two hands the number of times I've found a solution to my problem on this website and been unable to upvote or comment on the answer to thank the poster or ask a related question in the comments simply because I don't have enough reputation to do so.
But I can't get reputation because I don't need to ask a question because my questions have all already been answered somewhere on this site or the greater internet.
Therefore the problem is circular. Need rep to upvote / comment but can't get rep because I don't have a unique question to ask.
Additionally, this creates a small problem where a lot of people's thoughtful answers go unappreciated as discussed: here
Therefore I pose the following questions to you now:
- Why is it 15 rep minimum?
- Does the act of logging in build enough trust to allow users to upvote regardless of rep?
- Does the act of logging in build enough trust to allow users to comment regardless of rep?
- Should the minimum rep for upvote and commenting be the same?
- Can a minimum amount of rep be carried over or common through ALL of the StackExchange websites, therefore users transferring over from say, StackOverflow, don't have to re-earn the same privelages just to participate on a more specialized StackExchange website.