Should the asker of a question get points if the question is closed by the community? ie. through the inactive system?
Currently the asker CAN get points for their comments in their own question, if and only if, the points are assigned by the the community through the inactive process. ie. One or more of their comments are selected as the solution by another participant of that question.
History has been that askers NEVER got points. It was recently changed for a few reasons, one of which is it shows that they're ABLE to earn points and to promote them to participate as experts. Because of this, of course there's going to be resistance to change so it is about keeping an open mind. Experts are on the site a LOT more than an asker so if this is a form of retention then that's a good thing.
What it can look like is rewarding bad behaviour. However, the 14 day limit was set so it would be prohibitive for an asker to game the system also as they can't give themselves points they would be relying on the community so the odds of gaming points out of asking a question is incredibly unlikely.
So that means that the asker has just not completed the closing process (yes that's a whole other discussion...) or they've got their solution and not realised they need to close (whether they solved it themselves or not).
So that's a bit of background... I'd like to hear thoughts about the potential problems and benefits you see with the current process but also other ways we can encourage the askers.