So, I am relatively new to Ubuntu (a couple years) and completely new to this site as a registered user. I have found lots of good information here before, but just now did I find something to contribute.
Hence I create an account and login. But in order to put small contributions into comments on already existing questions and answers, I need 50 reputation. I can get this only through asking and answering new, good questions.
But such questions are generally outside my level of knowledge. As a relative beginner, I cannot do more useful stuff than a tidbit here and a tidbit there. So what do I do? Does the current reputation model really work, when a large base of already answered questions is in place? Or do we need to change something here?
I thought commenting on already existing stuff would be the natural place for a newcomer to start. But maybe that would cause excessive comment threads full of garbage?
The comment by @ByteCommander leads to an old answer on a different Stack Exchange site.
There's a 50 rep threshold on comments mainly because we want users to focus first on the core part of a Q&A site -- asking great questions and providing great answers!
Also, comments tend to be meta-commentary, which while useful and often illuminating, isn't providing an answer.
We want users to learn this distinction before they are allowed to comment, hence, the requirement to earn 50 reputation.
But it is precisely this that I think becomes not only confusing, but perhaps outright wrong when a large enough number of questions are already asked. Thoughts on that?