- .Lv 73 weeks ago
To encourage participation. The more points you have, the higher user level you reach. Originally, each level had different question/answer daily limits (now that stops at Level 4). Also, in the past an account had to be at least Level 3 to upload images, videos, or post clickable links (although I see Level 1 accts doing that all the time so either that limit is gone or some users have found ways around it). For several years, up until late Aug 2019, Level 7 users also had the ability to relocate questions. So, basically, over time there have been various 'incentives' to use the site to earn points (and the more users on the site, the more ad revenue generated for Yahoo).
- TeresaLv 54 weeks ago
To reward us for our participation. And, it's cheaper than paying us money!
- SharonLv 74 weeks ago
It was created in order to encourage people to post.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
You can either cash them in or obtain frequent flyer points.
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- Weasel McWeaselLv 74 weeks ago
to seperate the good users from the riff raff.
- DanielLv 74 weeks ago
To Encourage People to Ask and Answer Questions
- ไม่เป็นไรLv 74 weeks ago
The points system is weighted to encourage users to answer questions and to limit spam questions. There are also levels (with point thresholds), which give more site access. Points and levels have no real-world value, cannot be traded, and serve only to indicate how active a user has been on the site. A notable downside to the points/level system is that it encourages people to answer questions even when they do not have a suitable answer to give to gain points. Users also receive ten points for contributing to the "Best Answer" which is selected by the question's asker.
- CarolOklaNolaLv 74 weeks ago
To encourage you to participate in the YA community by answering questions and voting for or choosing best/favorite answers..Unfortunately, it also encourages cheating like point gaming and false reporting. When YA started, there was a level 0.
Now that questions no longer cost 5 points to ask, that might help some, but I doubt it. No one knows if this is permanent policy change by Verizon Media or not.Source(s): The Way Back Machine
- LANLv 74 weeks ago
They used to give out some cheap promo stuff when you got to certain levels. The points are really just a hold over from that.