To upvote answers or questions I have to have 15 points. To get these I have to first create questions. I don't understand the reasoning behind this. Does creating questions make my upvotes more reliable or give them better quality?

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    It means that you've been around for a while. It prevents people from simply creating a new account and go wild with other people's reputation. Also, this probably belongs on meta.
    – Ingmar
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 14:27
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    You don't need to ask a question, you could also post an answer that gets upvoted. Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 14:40
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    The main reason is probably a way to prevent people from making lots of dummy accounts to upvote themselves. Why are 15 reputation points required to upvote?
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 14:47
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    Note that this restriction is only if you are really new to one Stack Exchange Community. Once you have over 200 reputation and you join a new SE community you will get the Association Bonus which catapults you past these restrictions.
    – Roland
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 2:05
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    also note that you are asking on the tex site, but the moderators here have no control over this, it is a network wide rule for the entire stackexchange network so to get a change you would have to ask on meta.stackexchange not tex.meta.stackexchange Commented Nov 10, 2021 at 15:49
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    I can also confirm that it's possible to get more than 15 rep without asking any questions. Commented Nov 10, 2021 at 15:50

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The intent here is to avoid gaming of the system through sock puppets - accounts set up by a user with the intent on using them to cast illegal votes, either on their own posts, or on others.

The 15 reputation threshold is very small, and can be achieved through minimal contribution on the site. See this list of how one can gain reputation on a site:

  • One of your posts is upvoted: +10
  • One of your answers is accepted by the author: +15
  • You accept an answer, not written by you, to a question of yours: +2
  • A suggested edit of yours is approved: +2 (up to a total of +1000 per user)
  • One of your answers is awarded a bounty by the user offering the bounty: + full bounty amount
  • One of your answers is awarded a bounty automatically: 50% or 100% of the bounty amount (see bounty FAQ for details)
  • You associate accounts of two or more Stack Exchange network sites, and at least one of those accounts has 200 or more reputation: +100 on each site (awarded only once per site) (this reputation bonus does not count toward the required 10 reputation to answer protected questions)

Reference: Why are 15 reputation points required to upvote?

  • I think you even get points for completing your profile.
    – gernot
    Commented Dec 18, 2021 at 21:43
  • @gernot: You used to get badges for doing profile-like stuff. For example, Analytical (Visited every section of the FAQ; which is now retired) and Informed (for read the entire tour page).
    – Werner Mod
    Commented Dec 19, 2021 at 7:10

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