It's bad enough when folks zerg rush the site with sockpuppets during contests or major launches. But now we're directly encouraging folks to rep-whore?!!
What possible good can come of this?!!!
Oh, wait... That's the idea.
This already happens. In fact, it's been encouraged in the first FAQ section from day one. It could - and maybe should - happen a lot more. Some of us tend to answer our own questions, without ever even asking them... And we could really be helping folks out if, upon struggling with something for a while before solving it, we spent the time to write up what we learned.
So the new UI strives to make that an obvious choice, without inadvertently misleading readers into thinking they need to jump in and help you with your question while you struggle to get that answer out.
And if you see someone post something useless in a blatant attempt to get rep for nothing... Down-vote, close, delete. Or publicly shame them by posting a better answer. Be creative...
I think that this is a good thing. I recently asked this question as I was interested how to get better in Starcraft.
An answer pointed me in the right direction, so I knew what to look for and where I could find it. I took the time to read through some of the new sources I found this way and combined everything into an answer.
I could have asked for further details or waited a few days, but this way I am satisfied with the provided pointers and I can share my results.
Before I had to edit my question adding a "Solution" section. Sure this works but this is not the intention of this site, is it?
I think it is good that you have to wait to accept your own answer and you do not get any points for that.