Case in point: a recent post Points scoreboard by a newbie, Ocube -
I've watched the 'Greetings and introductions' video twice but it is not registering any score for me. I am getting scores for the other parts of the lesson but none for the video.
His post is polite, well-written, practical, and of general interest to all members.
It resulted in two first-class responses by 2 long-time members. Yet he was not awarded with an "up" vote. Later on, Ocube wrote a note of thanks for those excellent responses. Again, no "up" vote.
I'm asking what may seem like a provocative question, because I'm concerned that so many newbies drop by, ask good questions, and then disappear forever.
An "up" vote, when merited, seems the way to encourage them to return.
Another reason I'm asking is that I've been a member here for only 9 weeks. Yet the reputation points I've gleaned place me in the 99th percentile of more than 200,000 members. And the badges I've earned place me in the 100th percentile.
Please don't misunderstand; I'm not crowing about my "success."
Quite the contrary: To me, my high ranking means that only a tiny minority of members become frequent contributors. (About 400, or two-tenths of 1% is my rough estimate.)
Would paying more attention to awarding "up" votes help to encourage newbies to become more active?
Obviously, I'm convinced it would.
(Visit Ocube's thread, Points Scoreboard to read additional comments I wrote about this crucial issue.)