OnStartups is a fantastic resource and I have spent a lot of time here in the last couple of months. I have learned a ton of stuff and I would like to contribute just a tiny bit - even if it is just by up-voting. But I don't seem to have enough reputation to do ANYTHING.

I don't feel qualified to answer any questions yet, so I can't get reputation that way. All the questions I might want to ask have already been asked.

If I could just get 15 points, I could become a contributor - but I don't know how to get them!! I haven't had this problem on any other stack exchange site.

Yes. I realize that this should be a meta question - but asking a meta question requires points :-(

Hi Kevin. I'm not sure if it's still in effect, but at one time there was an automatic 100 rep bonus for linking your username across Stack Overflow sites, i.e. registering on superuser.com or serverfault.com etc from the same OpenID. You could try that? –  Jesper Mortensen Jan 1 '11 at 20:16
I up-voted your question - that should help! –  Brandon King Jan 1 '11 at 20:46
Thanks for the support! I use the same openeid for stack overflow and a couple of others but I didn't get my 100pts. –  Kevin Lawrence Jan 1 '11 at 22:23
One more point and I get access to meta :). I actually have a real question now so I am off to ask that. –  Kevin Lawrence Jan 1 '11 at 22:24
upvoted you too :p Agree that sometimes the points can be a little of a hassle at start, but I also was on stack exchange before and did get those starter 100 points, so my transition into this site was much smoother. (on SE, it took 3 good questions and like a month to get to that point) –  Adam Jan 2 '11 at 13:42
Thanks to whoever moved thisnto meta! As you can see, I have cleared that initial hurdle and can now become a useful member of the community :) –  Kevin Lawrence Jan 3 '11 at 0:08
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You can edit questions and answers. As a new user, your edits will not appear immediately... they will be held for a high reputation user to approve. When two high-rep users (or one moderator) approve your edit, you'll receive +2 reputation (up to a maximum of 1000).

Your edits will have to be pretty good to get approved, of course, but some things which are explicitly encouraged:

  • improve spelling and grammar
  • get rid of "Hi!" and "Thank you!" and "My question is..." all the flotsam that clutters questions
  • help rewrite questions written by non-native English speakers to be clearer and easier to understand
+1, great idea! Wish you guys had thought of this sooner, but something tells me you feel the same way :-) –  Zuly Gonzalez Feb 12 '11 at 18:00
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Hi Kevin - sorry, this is a question not an answer really. I have the same issue. I'd like to get more active on here but am short on reputation since I recently got started. You seem to have built a reputation of 198 in a month even though you've just got 1 question... did I miss something ? Can you share the secret sauce as to how you managed to did this ? Thx!

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