The value of an up-vote on questions have recently been changed on Stackoverflow.com, here is the acticle with the details (now an up-vote on a question have the same rep value as an up-vote on an answer)

Is this policy coming to unix.stackexchange.com and other sites ?

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    AFAIK, that change is in effect on U&L now.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Nov 21, 2019 at 7:04
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    People have also retroactively been awarded new badges, especially mortarboard, based on the recalculation of their rep gains.
    – Tsundoku
    Nov 21, 2019 at 13:09

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That change was made network-wide, not just on SO. It's not obvious from the blog post, but there is a hint (emphasis mine):

We’re recalculating reputation for every Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange individual based on this change.

One obvious indication of it being network-wide was the sudden awarding of a number of "Yearling" badges (Why am I getting so many "yearling" badges today?).

(Except maybe Area 51, because that's an older code base - see Does the question reputation increase apply to Area 51?)

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