I am not sure if I spotted anyone from UXSE providing their thoughts there, but was wondering what people thought of the changes?
I personally ask a lot of questions (both in wanting to know if other people have thoughts on the same issue and also to push the boundaries of my knowledge) and have benefited from this change substantially, but I was wondering whether it is going to lead to the outcomes that the company wants to achieve.
My thought is that Jeff's original rational behind the original change years ago (see Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced?) was solid... literally anybody can ask a question, whereas it requires some skill and/or experience to answer one. Therefore the reward should be greater.
Ergo, I, for one, am not a fan of the recent change.
I think retrospectively giving out points to everyone isn't that great. It feels like the typical inflation problem; by giving everyone more points you're simply reducing the value of them for everyone.
Someone in the comments made a very good point about how the greatest questions are typically refined into that state by later editors, not the original OP:
Typically, such refinements are done by the editors (who are unrewarded for their efforts), not the original question asker.
Most popular questions have titles that were carefully and extensively SEO’d by editors. (The OPs tend to be new accounts that are not very good at asking questions.)
For that reason I'd actually be in favor of rewarding editors as well (not an easy task). Perhaps weighting the percentage of added content and giving a portion of points to that editor? E.g.: User X added 80% to User A's question, on upvote A gets 10p and X gets 8p.
I wonder if answers should have a non-linear reward system. E.g. An answers first upvote gets 5 points. It's 2nd gets 10 points, it's third gets 12 points, This would reward people who take the time to write a good general answer.
I also wonder if questions should get a non-linear response. A question gets NO points until it gets an answer, then gets some number of points for each answer it catalyzes. This would hit me hard: I ask lots of questions that don't get answers.