Especially in light of the recent changes to reputation points for questions, it seems like this site encourages (via positive reputation) quantity over quality. Especially when one could receive a net positive reputation score with a downvote-to-upvote ratio of 5:1, it seems like we're encouraged to give as many answers as we can spit out, and ask as many questions as we can think up, regardless of quality.
Just to test my theory, in the last day or so, I wrote a lot of bad answers. Not wrong answers, mind you, but bad answers, in the sense that they are unsourced, simple, and not written well (but not incorrect, from what I understand). The type of answer that I would usually put in a comment, but typed in the text field below the one I usually use.
Lo and behold, from the 8 "bad" answers (only three of them have sources!), I have (so far) 16 upvotes and 5 downvotes, for a net gain of 150 reputation points. While in the rest of the this month (so far), I have two answers which (I believe) were well written (at least, relative to the answers given in the last day or so) that got a combined 7 upvotes and 0 downvotes, for a net gain of 70 reputation points (and it probably took me longer to put together those two answers than it took me to write all 8 others combined). So if fake internet points are what the site uses to encourage asking and answering, it seems like the site encourages mediocre questions and answers over fully fleshed out questions and answers.
Does the setup of Stack Exchange encourage quantity over quality, and want us to just throw as much as we can on to the site and see what sticks? Is there something that can be done to prevent "bad" questions and "bad" answers and encourage "good" questions and "good" answers?