I did a search- perhaps this has been asked before... Why not give 5 points for each point earned on the comment area? Sometimes, the best discussion goes on in the comment area. I would think this would encourage a everyone to check out the comments, and to vote up a comment that helps discussion, or brings out a good point.
I am not sure that anyone should be allowed to vote down a comment.
Maybe I am dreaming, but this might encourage discussion between more people under any given answer. Also, another thought: Why not award the privilege of earning points for comments after a certain amount of points have been earned?
I wrote for a website that promoted not only what I wrote, but also had a separate status as a reviewer. I am not suggesting this here- rather, I seemed to see a lot of lively comments, because people were motivated not only to write, but to vote.
This question was inspired by a great discussion between a lot of members and @Stingray here. I read through what was written back in 2011, and it was a terrific discussion, and points were given for good comments.
It would be a way to make the site more active and at the same time, encourage everyone to read everything under a particular question.
Thanks- I hope that this has not been asked before.
asked May 07 '15 at 00:18
As I've explained previously, comments are a "necessary evil". We do everything we can to discourage discussions on Inward Quest (especially in comments) and keep the focus of this website on specific high-quality answers to specific high-quality questions. There are thousands of other websites for chats and discussions, but not this one. Inward Quest is a Q&A site where the information quality is high and the noise levels are low, and that is what makes it different. If an on-topic discussion is ongoing in the comments section, it suggests that somebody should be asking a new question instead.
answered May 07 '15 at 09:56
Simon Templeton ♦♦