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You are the DM and have a group of people Pathfinder and you have to hand out the XP. Does it matter if its an AP or home brew?
If people show up (no matter what they do or don't do) they get equal share of the xp?
Do you reward people for whatever?
Should XP be "fair"?
I use XP, but I run 2nd edition AD&D, so having characters of varying level is not a concern, as each class levels at different times, and the DM is encouraged by the rules to give out individual XP rewards.
I am not a believer of "missing a session is punishment enough", but then, I don't think it's fair to get something I did not earn. And my players are of a like mind in that regard...
So, to answer your questions:
1 - I use XP no matter if I am using a published module or something of my own design.
2 - Players only receive XP if they show up.
3 - I use individual XP rewards for a variety of things that a player might do in-game (though I never hand out XP for out-of-game reasons, like bringing snacks or what have you).
4 - I give out group XP for group activities (e.g. defeating monsters and for story awards), so I think XP should be fair as far as that's concerned. But like I said, I will give out individual XP, so I do not think that every character should receive an equal share of all XP that is handed out during a session.
I will also use gold for XP depending upon how fast I want a particular campaign to progress (but this varies from campaign to campaign).