I think the reward is that you get to contribute, and a free ego boost to go along with it too.
I bet if you came up with a viable model, instead of just saying "give me money please" then he might listen.
What would be the benefit if Steve did that?
If quantity were the criteria then people would be racing to post crap. And thus the quality of the forums would go down.
What is it that attracted you to these forums in the first place? It probably wasn't the prospect of getting paid.
As you well know my posts and replies are solid and informative,
I'm sure each of us thinks the same thing. Maybe there should be a community rating function or something?