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I searched for my friend 'Ralph Lavelle' on SO so I can compare reputation.

In the search it always shows 0 for his reputation even though its ~1000

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it shows 1078 rep? – Gabe Jan 5 '12 at 15:01
up vote 5 down vote accepted

You're looking at his rep for this week only. Click on the [all] link to see his full rep.

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ahh did not see those buttons to the side, my bad – Daniel Powell Jan 5 '12 at 15:17
@DanielPowell don't worry, you're not the first to be caught out by that. – Shawn Chin Jan 5 '12 at 15:19
@ShawnChin - Hmm...perhaps the default is wrong? Do most people expect to see overall rep? – cdeszaq Jan 5 '12 at 15:25
@cdeszaq I vaguely recall seeing a meta post discussing that but I can't find it anymore. Can't remember what the verdict was. – Shawn Chin Jan 5 '12 at 15:39
... although I do see some sense in using the "week" view as a default - Since the results are sorted by rep, a "week" view will return recently active users first which is arguably a sensible metric for determining relevance. – Shawn Chin Jan 5 '12 at 15:43

That's the rep earned for the week.

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Change it to all and you'll see the total rep earned.

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You have missed out on all of the "hand drawn circles" upvotes =) – jadarnel27 Jan 5 '12 at 15:17
And the hand-drawn-text upvotes – cdeszaq Jan 5 '12 at 15:25
hah, true :)))) – Sathya Jan 5 '12 at 15:33

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