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Short answer The Stack Exchange model is based on gamification. Gamified environments typically deploy incremental rewards that tap into the brain's reward system, making these applications addictive, in a quite literal sense. In addition, reputation increases come with incremental gain of moderator abilities, which give a sense of power. Background I ...


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I'll try to answer from the second side, wanting to help others. This, as it were, involves a certain amount of "helping oneself." 1) There is a desire to teach, or help others understand what you know. At some level, many people feel the world would be better off, if there were less "ignorance." SE provides a chance for you to educate one, or "many" other ...


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The short answer is that anyone who gives you a short answer should be treated with suspicion. ;-p The StackExchange was founded in 2008, and has seen a lot of changes since that time. That has provided the science community with little time to study the phenomenon in much detail. As such, there are many many theories, but little consensus, and no ...


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