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Should we not also see rep when you hover over the OP's username / profile link?

I know the reputation is right below it, but not everyone will expect to look in in a different place.

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I would be surprised if most users even know that a comment poster's rep show up when you hover over his/her username... (I sure didn't before reading this question.) – adamjford Oct 4 '11 at 18:35
@adamjford I didn't even think about that when I read the question -- I always click through to their profile, I don't think I ever noticed the hover text. – agf Oct 4 '11 at 19:13
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It would look ridiculous to have hover text of 597 rep right over regular text of 597 rep.

"Not all people are smart like that"? You can't help them no matter what you do.

Hovering over the avatar image for 1k+ users shows the user card, which displays the reputation score. If you really want the reputation in a hover format, there you go.

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Agreed. There's already some much stuff that pops up when you hover over pretty much anything. That undecorated, does-not-pop-up-even-more-stuff link is my favorite mouse resting spot. (-: – Mat Oct 4 '11 at 16:39
@Mat I only count 5 popups and 15 tool tips for one question, answer and comment. I don't see that as excessive ;) – Some Helpful Commenter Oct 4 '11 at 17:04

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