It was recently suggested in chat that we take some kind of action to incentivize asking interesting and on-topic questions in order to drive participation and question quality. It could counter-balance the relatively high percentage of closed questions on the main page (which some users may find alienating); it may even entice some users to reformulate their closed questions in the hopes of winning the contest. Some of the particular proposals for how this might function would be:

  • we might have a 'super-question week' where special rep bonuses (presumably a new badge?) might be given to the most upvoted questions in the period
  • have a longer super-question period with some kind of charitable donation tied to asking really great questions (maybe based on upvotes?)
  • Sounds good to me!
    – stoicfury
    Oct 30, 2011 at 22:13
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    If you guys have a specific idea in mind, let me know and I'll be happy to help!
    – Lauren
    Nov 16, 2011 at 16:34

3 Answers 3


I wholly endorse the super-question idea.

Is an extra incentive really necessary though? just the idea of having a motivator of good questions and then those to be answered would be pretty god incentive already.

I say just do it (though I am unsure of the meta-level of deciding what a good super-question would be). That is, start with one super question now.

Where would these super questions go? Here on meta.philosophy.SE?


I just made a meta post about an idea for a contest where we pit two competing theories against each other. Check it out and let me know what you think.


Maybe one competition where upvotes decide the winner and a second competition decided by moderators (panel).

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