Please read the answers below and vote on the answer(s) that you feel best describe your opinions on the issue discussed here.
There has recently been some discussion about bounties on questions, as per this meta post. Shog9 recently tagged that meta post as status-declined, following the discussion linked above.
As he said in that discussion:
I marked an especially poorly thought-out and unresearched feature request as "declined". Doesn't prevent you from doing your research and proposing something better. I really would like to see you discuss this with folks here first though.
This post is an attempt to clarify what exactly we want, what our reasons are, and how we might be able to accomplish that.
As has been mentioned a few times, Puzzling.SE is mostly unique among StackExchange sites in that the questions (generally) take more time and effort to compose than the answers. (Programming Puzzles and Code Golf is arguably another site with the same characteristic.)
Most of the questions posted on Puzzling.SE are puzzles that are to be solved, and the answers provide the solutions to those puzzles. Many people put hours (or days) of work into creating amazing, intricate puzzles, which are enjoyed by many users of the site. We want to encourage questions like this as much as possible, and give them as much visibility as possible, both to hold them up as an example of how to ask an excellent question, and to allow them to be enjoyed by as many users as possible.
Currently, upvotes do not seem like a sufficient way to accomplish these goals:
- People seem less inlined to upvote questions than answers
- Upvotes on questions only provide 5 reputation to the asker, as opposed to upvotes on answers, which provide 10 reputation to the answerer.
- Even if a question gets many upvotes, no particular extra attention is drawn to it, which is something we want for exemplary questions: Let everyone see it, both as an example of how to ask a good question, and to allow more people to reap the benefit of such an excellent question.
- The question is not singled out or marked in any way as being an exemplary question.
There have been a few different proposals given for how we might go about resolving this problem. I have listed all the ones that I've heard as separate answers below, with their pros and cons. If you have other ideas, please post your own answer in a similar format.
Please use your up-/downvotes to vote on the answers below so we can come to a clearer idea of what we want and how we might implement it.
(Note that some of these options require code changes by the StackExchange powers-that-be, so even if we decide it's what we want, it won't necessarily be implemented.)
Summary of answers
- Implement bounties for questions that work the same as the current "exemplary answer" bounties for answers.
- Implement "bounties" for questions that can be awarded instantaneously.
- Increase the value of an upvote for a question.
- Implement a new "supervote" that allows you to award significantly more rep than a regular upvote.
- Ask the question asker to answer their own question, and then award a bounty on that placeholder answer.
- Continually edit the question to keep it in the list of recent questions.
- Implement a new "exemplary question" checkbox, and a list of exemplary questions.