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I was at 44 reputation 20 minutes ago, but now I am on 38.

So if I want my reputation to increase, should I not answer questions?!

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Note: this is a follow up to Allow me to comment on answers. –  Dori Nov 13 '11 at 6:37
    
Ladies and gentlemen, this is why this user is complaining: stackoverflow.com/users/587021/… –  NullUserException อ_อ Nov 13 '11 at 7:22
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up vote 10 down vote accepted

It isn't a matter of

  • answering questions is good

    or

  • answering questions is bad

Instead, the breakdown is:

  • answering questions well is good

    and

  • answering questions poorly is bad

The best way to get out of the "Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account" pit is to provide great answers.

I recommend reading How do I write a good answer to a question? (and maybe Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”?, as well).

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This isn't the answer, but since I can't remove my question I am marking it as such before it gets downvoted some more. –  A T Nov 13 '11 at 8:48
    
@A.T.: People upvote your question when they think it's a good question and downvote it when they think it's a bad question. If you accept an answer usually doesn't have anything to do with that. –  sth Nov 13 '11 at 15:51
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On Stack Overflow? All the downvotes you've received appear to be on questions that you've asked.

Ask better questions.

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Wow, this is a stupid reputation scheme. I just went through that list, the best questions were downvoted. This is not a valid metric for reputation. –  A T Nov 13 '11 at 6:43
    
If you say so. –  Michael Petrotta Nov 13 '11 at 6:47
    
Because questions like 7806093, 7079316, 7332180 and 5771313 are obviously in need of downvotes... –  A T Nov 13 '11 at 6:49
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Those are pretty off-topic questions for Stack Overflow. That may be part of your problem. We're not a software recommendation service. –  Michael Petrotta Nov 13 '11 at 6:54
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@A.T. - the votes are from your peers on the site, so it isn't the site or system that sucks, it is your questions. Your answers could do with some work as well, out of 25 answers you have just 2 up votes. Dori has given you some good links. –  slugster Nov 13 '11 at 9:55
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