I hope this is the right place to post this question, apologies in advance, if not.
Would it be possible to adjust the reputation system so that answering a question would either [edit:] for example:
- a) automatically applies an upvote to the question (presumably, if you think it's worth your time to answer, you think it was a sufficiently well-posed problem, deserving of attention) or -- at a minimum --
- b) automatically prompts one to upvote (perhaps asking for a brief explanation if they opt-out, so that the asker can improve their question)?
It's frustrating to put a lot of time into reading all existing, related questions, then taking the time to phrase one's question as clearly as possible, only to receive comments and answers, but no upvotes (or many views, a few unrelated comments, and no votes either way).
I mean, I realize the point is getting answers to questions, so this isn't essential, but it can be discouraging, in terms of having a sense of progressing within the community.
Edit: the point of the post was not the specific solutions proposed -- there are surely a number of important considerations that would have to factor into any solution -- the main point was to underline the importance recognition of questions plays in terms of a member's progress within the community (including constructive feedback so individuals can learn to improve their questions).
This could include other possibilities like opt-in's for a reminder to vote or provide feedback when replying or answering (this could apply to a certain percentage -- set by users -- of replies / answers, or could be subject to other constraints (first $x$ posts per day / week / month; $y$ days per week / month etc).
It just seems clear that, currently, answers are more valued than questions (in terms of reputation), but we want to encourage good question asking, too.