Edit: Bottom line seems to be: "Upvotes are not to express gratitude, they are a means to earn rep and should be used likewise."
I would like to upvote the life-saver QA here: How to remove a launcher from a Gnome Panel?
but need 15 rep for that. I have searched unanswered questions but know way too little about Ubuntu/Linux to answer any of those. Coming up with an Ubuntu question myself though, not already answered on this website, seems equally hard. Any help?
To clarify (how this question differs from others): I fully understand why rep is needed. I am not debating the system. I am asking for a solution for me to get rep/vote up. That's all.
Personally, I think an elegant solution would be for somebody from the askubuntu community to post an answer to this question (e.g. like "welcome"). They see my question for rep is legit and by answering give me rep to join the community. On the other hand, maybe I have just proven that I am not valuable to this community because I have nothing to answer and nothing new to ask. So far this feels like the status quo here. Feels strange though, being stopped at saying thanks to someone's effort on a free website.