Two comments on a question today (Horrible Times x) mentioned "if you need the points" got me wondering about the real world benefit of points (other than having more privileges on this site).
For example, does it help in seeking or keeping employment?
I'm retired and don't need or want a job but I like attempting to answer questions about Statistics that involve Mathematica. And, of course, learning things about Mathematica that I had no idea it could do. (Yes, I know, I need a life.)
But is there some practical real-world benefit?