I appreciate the level of professionalism here, but why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50 ?

I am a professionally experienced expert and because of the threshold to comment is so enormously high > 50 , I am just sitting on valuable comments that would save your users a lot of time and trouble, not to mention better security. So why so high ?

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No reputation is required to answer a question; from the list of privileges:

1 create posts Ask a question or contribute an answer

(And you presumably know this, since you’ve answered questions on other Stack Exchange sites.)

50 reputation points are required to comment, and the reasons are explained on Meta.SE.

We look forward to your answers, and once you start answering, it won’t take long before you can comment everywhere!

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    ... and comments are not for answering.
    – Kusalananda Mod
    Commented Feb 12, 2022 at 9:01
  • @Stephen Skitt , I think your answer is reasonable ; however, I want to respond to others questions about "Why don't you post more answers and solutions here .." . Just consider the example above where I ask a completely reasonable question, and get attacked with baseless down votes. So as an admin I suggest you consider imposing some sort of penalty or 1 point cost to someone down voting others else this SE is very unlikely to attract new users, comments or solutions.
    – Marc Cox
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 0:19
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    @Marc I suspect that your question attracted downvotes because it starts with an incorrect premise (that answering requires 50 rep); that shows that you didn’t do much research before asking it, and that tends to attract downvotes. Please don’t consider downvotes as “attacks”. Also note that I am not an admin (moderator), and even if I were, I wouldn’t be able to change the voting costs. Making question downvotes cost points (same as answer downvotes, except on Meta) has been discussed in the past, see Meta.SE. Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 8:15
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    @MarcCox in addition to everything Stephen said, note that downvoting answers does have a -1 point cost to the downvoter. We're a bit obsessed with the signal-to-noise ratio here. These sites were set up to fix perceived problems of forums and one of those is that the useful information is lost in a sea of exploratory questions and comments. This is why we require that answers provide a full answer and why it is standard practice to downvote answers that do not. I know this is weird for new users, but it does work!
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 11:19

To get a reputation higher than 50, all you need is five more up votes than down votes on answers given, or four and at least one accepted answer.

Judging by your user page on unix.se, you currently have zero posted answers.

If you are as full of valuable answers and comments as you claim to be, providing a couple of good, useful answers to questions on the unix.stackexchange.com site shouldn't be hard.

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