I'm asking in the context of keeping trolls out. I notice trolls tend to have low reputation scores (sometimes 1). Trolls are time wasters, and the burden to actually do a little work before they post a useless or provocative question would make it less likely they would post.
It might be worth having a minimum reputation (50, 100, 150) so as to encourage people to read posts and comments and vote and participate to improve their reputation scores. When they have earned a minimum they can start asking questions. That way people ask better questions with some background reading rather then something that may have been answered or have a different perspective on an old question.
I'm not saying someone can't ask a great questions with a low reputation score. I just wonder if it's a 20/80 principle where 80% of the trolls are low reputation scorers, and this might be a way for weeding them out and saving the rest of us some time.
I don't think so. Some of the most articulate and helpful answers I've seen have been posted by people with 1 reputation point. Some people read for a while and then answer a question on which they have direct experience/expertise.
I agree some questions/answers can be of little value but I just ignore them if I don't think they're sincere. If they do appear to be sincere, I do my best to ask for more info or offer general advice.
It would be a shame to put those new to Paleo and struggling off asking for help and answers. A lot of people new to the site are new to Paleo too, so probably won't be confident in answering questions inititally.
The moderators seem to do a good job of getting rid of the trolls
I dont have enough points according to you, but why should that make my input less valuable?
What if i have great experience relavent to a particular question? Do i have to hang around voting on paleohacks just to get enough rep points to contribute?
If you suspect a troll, flag and ignore. The most powerful thing about this site is its open nature. Anyone may have uselful answers, often people stumble in off a google search and help out. This is great, helpful and should not change.
Someone new to paleo might have a hard time giving answers because they are just at the starting point themselves (and not have the knowledge and/or experience), so I think this would make it difficult to get enough points to stick around long enough to ask questions.
I've seen far more earnest questions from 1s than troll posts. I think that It would turn people off to be required to earn the right to ask questions, especially if they're a rank beginner. I think the rating system has been very effective in eliminating troll posts and sorting out the unnecessary and ill-intended.
I see very little trolling here, so I wouldn't try to fix something that doesn't appear to be broken. I'm not afraid to flag things, but I've only had a few occasions to do so in more than a year, which is remarkable. Also, what rare trolling I have seen has come from people with plenty of reputation points, who have appointed themselves Defender Of The Truth About XYZ and start filling every thread about XYZ with the same diatribes. That tends to be true on any forum: the worst trolls aren't the newbies; they're the people who have overstayed their welcome. (But that's not a significant problem here either, in my opinion.)