It's not about the reputation, or at least not all about the reputation. Answering questions and building up the knowledge base is the purpose. So if you already know the answer, and you are struggling to contact original poster, I would recommend you to answer your own question on https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/.
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Personally I would advocate removing the "please help me soon, I'm dying" comments.
The more we allow these style of comments then the more potential it has for being abused.
Instead of giving favourable treatment to the elderly/ill/soon to be deceased we should be looking to be completely neutral and fair to every user. We are not a medical support group ...
I wouldn't consider such a question fundamentally exceptional - with regards to the eventual mortality of the poster.
There's a few aspects I'd consider - I'm sorry if some of these points sound harsh, but I'd rather consider cold hard logic before emotions.
Question/Post not people
Besides the fact that the OP is terminally ill, does the post have ...
Marking an answer as accepted is purely optional and the mark is never set automatically.
A question is treated as "answered" once an answer was marked as accepted or when any other receives an upvote.
First I'll answer your question.
1) Most questions do not require you to have points to answer. Some (protected questions) do, but many allow you to answer now. So find some questions that you know the answer to and help some people out (each upvote is worth 10 points)!
2) Ask good questions. If you ask questions that people think are worth their time, ...
Keep in mind that what follows below is just my opinion, and you may agree/disagree with parts of it. Feel free to comment or provide your own answer.
I don't think there is any way we can (or should) treat questions differently based on the user asking it, or their situation. Recall that this site's primary goal is to build a repository of knowledge in the ...
First of all, yes, mods do read question.
We usually read these questions because users flagged them.
Which mod reads which flagged question is not really regulated. Every mod can and should handle every flag.
This can lead to me reading a question on a topic I'm not fully familiar with (like when I handle a flag on a question that is tagged osx). Now when ...
Most close voters do read the questions. Mods do.
It helps to try and describe the problem with words and not rely just on images which may be misleading or incomplete in delivery.
In "Turn on the Windows 8 start button like in the developer preview" you show that there is one version of the bottom left hand corner and then another image of a bottom left ...
Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?
That user had a bounty on the question on that date.
What are the Windows A: and B: drives used for?
Last edit to the question
How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC?
Last edit to an answer
Whether that's sensible to show, I don't know. ...
In my opinion, at least a few of his questions could be closed as off-topic if they aren't specifically asking something along the lines of "How can I change the configuration of my Captive Portal so that it can connect to iOS?".
If his question is about doing stuff on iOS to make iOS devices work with a given WiFi captive portal, that sounds like it would ...
People make mistakes.
In the former, it immediately strikes the moderator's attention that this has been asked earlier. This probably caused the moderator to defer from reading the question further and starting to look for that duplicate, in a busy or less concentrated moment stuff like this easily happens. To let the mods know they did a hiccup, I've ...