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.

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  • Well, that's the whole point isn't it? Whenever I have a question, the answer is already here! So rather than re-asking the question I want to upvote their efforts. – Paul Mar 12 '13 at 13:27
  • Maybe you could read the FAQ? Also see the duplicate marked by fossfreedom. – don.joey Mar 12 '13 at 13:28
  • Also - this will help - meta.askubuntu.com/questions/495/… – fossfreedom Mar 12 '13 at 13:29
  • ... and very similar advice here: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/2265/… – fossfreedom Mar 12 '13 at 13:32
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    @Paul - Hi and Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. Your question has been moved to Meta which means its about the site - not on the main site. Upvotes etc on Meta does not gain you rep for the main site. Have a read of the links I gave you. For example, you can gain the 15 rep by asking a good question - or just by editing existing questions and answers with very good edits. – fossfreedom Mar 12 '13 at 13:46
  • Thanks. Private also suggested editing text so I gave it a try. When I submitted the edit it said "An error occured". When I went back to the original post the edit button was grayed out. What am I doing wrong? Alternatively, do you have "a good question" for me? – Paul Mar 12 '13 at 13:48
  • @Paul - make sure the edit is substantial enough to be submitted - changing a few characters are prevented by the system - that's probably your "error" – fossfreedom Mar 12 '13 at 13:51
  • Sorry, I don't know how to take your answer. What do you think of me? I was taking this serious so far. I have greatly edited that post, and made it clearly understandable, without affecting the actual matter asked. Just made it English. Also I don't see how your suggestion would have effect on an edit button being greyed out in the original question. – Paul Mar 12 '13 at 13:53
  • @Paul - re "a good question" - think about what you do on a day-to-day basis. What do you want to do but cant think how to do it at the moment. Give me the link to the Question - let me have a look to see if there is anything obvious. Clear your browser cache - maybe a browser issue. Then try again. – fossfreedom Mar 12 '13 at 13:55
  • I went back to find it and it's gone. So I am guessing the question had been closed/removed when I finished the edit, which took only about 5 minutes. But just for you to have your proof, if you have the logs, find a question about a tablet k series (forgot the brand) with a SD card not being recognised by Ubuntu 10.04, written in horrible Engrish. – Paul Mar 12 '13 at 13:59
  • ok - looks like someone submitted an edit on that question before you - your edit was then rejected by the system until the previous edit has been peer-reviewed. I've rejected the previous minor edit now. – fossfreedom Mar 12 '13 at 14:03
  • Forget about it freedom. After almost an hour trying to express my gratitude to someone who had a neat answer to a nifty problem, I have decided it has been a waste of effort. Don't take it personal, I just got the wrong idea of the "Vote Up" button. That's all. – Paul Mar 12 '13 at 14:06
  • +1 for your intention. Don't worry about reputation, You can easily earn it by edit,answer and questions. I spend ~1 month to get upvote right :) – Tachyons Mar 12 '13 at 14:07
  • Answer of Linked question says why you need 15 reputation for upvote – Tachyons Mar 12 '13 at 14:09
  • @Paul you can also get reputation (until the 2000 mark) by editing posts, but your edits need to be significant, changing 1 or 2 chars in a post is not significant and is a right higher users keep. Once you post an edit you need to wait that a higher rep user reviews it, this is a way of avoiding spam and bad editors, nothing personal. You get +2 rep per edit, edit 7 posts and you will have enough reputation for up voting, while editing you will find something you can answer for sure... Its all about engaging users and nothing to do with your bottom line up there in your question. – Bruno Pereira Mar 12 '13 at 14:11

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