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I think the ratio between questions and answers isn't so great. I feel if musing can increase their vote weight to upvote questions--good questions--it will serve as an incentive for people to ask more. Right now there are more people willing to answer than ask. What is your take on this issue?
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I agree with you that there is an imbalance between the number of good answers and good questions in the platform. However, I don't think there is a need to increase the value of rewards given to good questions. 

I think the current voting percentages are just right. Granted, there is obviously a slant towards answers than questions, however, I don't think this is unfair. And I'm not just saying that because I answer more questions than I ask them. 

Here's why:

First, although I believe that both questions are answers are equally important to the platform, it is obviously more difficult to craft a good answer than it is to write a good question. I could write a question in just a minute, but that wouldn't do for most answers. So, while an exceptional answer that was delivered in the form of a decent article that might have taken a good hour, some research, reading, and original writing deserves the 20% upvote from Musing.io, can you really say the same for a question that took five to 10 minutes to write, no matter how exceptional it was? I don't think so.

Second, this might come as a surprise, but Musing.io's Curation Guidelines actually already has a higher upvote value reserved for exceptional questions. Aside from the usual 1% to 5% upvotes, their curation guidelines state that really exceptional questions can get up to a 10% upvote. That's a big reward in itself. Why haven't we seen this yet? Perhaps it's just because there hasn't been any exceptional questions  asked in platform, yet.  

Third, let's take a look at the purpose of a Q&A Platform like Musing.io. Is to to reward user-generated content? Well, that's part of it, but its not the main goal. The main goal is to provide a service to users by answering their questions. In this respect, the person asking the question is the one receiving the service, while the person answering is the one providing the service. If you look at the relationship between the users asking questions and the users answering them this way, then it it evident that the person asking is already being rewarded by having his questions answered. So, if the person asking is really just genuinely here to ask a question, then it wouldn't matter how much upvote value they get. 

Finally, increasing vote values for questions (or even answers) will just encourage rent-seeking behavior. Don't get me wrong, I agree with you that there is a need to increase the quality of answers being asked in the platform. But personally, increasing the vote values every time we want to encourage good behavior in the platform is like chasing a high. The next time you have to do it, you'll need more to satisfy your high, until you reach a point that it becomes unsustainable and problematic. I know we live in a world where money talks, but if we let money talk every time we need something done, we'll reach a point where we're just throwing money at everything, while getting nothing in return. In economic terms, we'll just be encouraging rent-seeking behavior among Musing.io's users, which will be bad for the platform in the long-term. 

The way I see it, good questions are already being rewarded. If we want to encourage more people to ask good questions, let's look for other, more organic solutions. For example, let's encourage users like me--the ones who answer more questions than they ask--to ask more questions. How? Well, for me this question today has encouraged me to ask more questions. Mostly because now I have realized that this is a concern for other users. I mean, I knew about the situation before, but I have always believed that the quality of questions in the platform will improve with time--when Musing.io's user base grows. So, maybe an awareness campaign that encourages concerned Musing.io users to ask more questions could help?

So, while I agree that there is an imbalance between the number of good questions and good answers, I don't think that it's a good idea to resolve this by increasing vote values because questions are already being rewarded well, and increasing vote values every time we want to encourage good behavior in the platform will not be sustainable in the long run. 

Hope this helps.

Source:

  1. Musing Curation Guidelines. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WKYGhdPhLKNHytsxAPPQiXyv5UBY6nUKM8IhG5PUgfA/edit
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Well you are right in some perspective I for one i upvote all questions that I answer in a bid to promote people to act more questions I definitely think the curators are increasing the vote percentage on questions these days rather than when you compare it with two months ago it's a gradual face and today I even saw two questions with one dollar worth of vote on them and in the past this wasn't so so I think its a gradual phase, a whole lot of people have been pushing for this and they are gradually responding so if you have been here for almost two months now you will have noticed that there are changes to the votes on the questions.

However, I think one of the reason why they haven't increased the votes to maybe a 50/50 radius is because some people might take this opportunity to spam the interface with a lot of stupid questions or irrelevant questions that has nothing to do with the platform and as a result of this they do less and earn more so I think the musing curators and the owners are doing a good job with trying to increase the votes on the questions.

However I'd like to advise you she want to get votes on your questions I mean significant votes then when asking your questions take time to lay emphasis on your questions go one step further by adding a lot of anecdotes the fact that your question is technical and amazing doesn't guarantee votes alone you have to go one more step further by making sure you lay emphasis on your questions make sure it is explanatory if possible add sources or sites of examples to what relates to your questions this way it will give the curators something to ponder about and you can actually earn votes on your questions, when you're thorough, and well detailing, I'm not saying you don't so all these, but you could follow this for a while and duvet me a feedback on the end results, you're good with questions, just dedicate a little more time on them.

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I think that increasing the upvote weight given to questions would only encourage question spamming (like repetitive and reworded questions). 

This is a really good point though as musers really prefer giving out lonngggggg answers now because it pays well compared to asking a question.

The main problem here I think is subjectivity. What might be a good question to you might not be a good question to some. As long as it's all subjective, I would prefer Musing to just stay with the current upvote weight to avoid any issues or complaints.

Also ever since Musing received around a million SP delegation from Steemit Inc, I noticed that there are some group of people who are copying questions from months ago. I don't really have a problem to questions being reposted especially if it's from months ago as our thoughts or inputs about the subject may have now changed and we might tackle the question differently. :)

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I kind of agree indeed... There's indeed a lot of people who are willing to answer, and there are relatively little questions to answer. Every day I scour the list to see interesting questions, but some days I even find next to none. And the question I can find are often so stupid that answering them would not be possible without insulting people (yes, I know, it's me ;-) ).

That's why, when I'm not busy answering questions, I've started asking questions. And maybe, sometimes, there are stupid ones too (I know, it's me ;-) ), but I try to ask high quality questions in different areas.

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