Recently I have posted an answer to a questions which I considered a bit silly, and even the answer was easy and quick to write (using my everyday knowledge). To my surprise, the answer received plenty up-votes quickly and it is still growing. On the other hand, I have written some answers which were hard to write (required quite a lot of searching and distilling information), but were not voted much.
The "silly" one is Can a computer be hacked to use a connected speaker as a microphone? The difficult ones were Did the the crew of Flight 1549 (that ditched in the Hudson) do an exceptionally good job? or Are Fair Trade products guaranteed to be 'fairer'?.
I think such effect was already observed on Stackoverflow (and it probably similar to the famous bike-shed effect), but here I feel even more bitter about it, as composing answers to difficult questions here seems to take a lot more effort.
Now this question have several parts:
- Does anyone else think such effect exist here, or is it just me?
- Does anyone else think it would be better for the site if difficult answers would be rewarded more?
- Is there anything we as a community can do to improve it, besides of asking shameless plug questions about our questions here on meta, like I apparently do now :) -?