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Is it worth answering here because of rep, or should you take it as a charity work?

For example, do you put your MSO Flair on your blog?

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How do I close this as "belongs on meta-meta.stackoverflow.com"? –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:05
    
Just select any other option and pretend –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:05
    
Because it's fun. –  Troggy Aug 3 '09 at 20:07
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Oh boy, pretend! That's where I'm a viking! –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:07
    
You can't afford not to -- MSO rep is currently trading at FILE_NOT_FOUND points to the dollar! –  j_random_hacker Jan 18 '11 at 16:33

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

Arguably, SO rep isn't even worth it. That doesn't mean I'll quit answering questions.

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mmyers, wherever you are at the moment, I hope you can hear me applauding. –  Jarett Millard Sep 1 '09 at 0:10

No.

Rep on SO borders on meaningless, but it does allow you to do nice things like edit and close OT posts. Also, it's a fun game to play with your peers.

Rep on MSO just indicates that you have too much time on your hands. You should not only avoid posting flair, you should hide it like the shameful secret that it is...

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Which explains why you CW'd this post. –  mmyers Aug 3 '09 at 20:09
    
and to think I just wasted all that printer ink printing copies of my flair to plaster all over my walls and to create "StackExchange Consulting" business cards. –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:09
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StackExchange consulting? Now there's a business idea ( if a lot of people actually start using the service). –  Joel Coehoorn Aug 3 '09 at 20:10
    
@mmyers: i crave the sting of the coming down-votes. It will be like a fresh, cold can of Mountain Dew to my ego, if MD actually did what the commercials imply. –  Shog9 Aug 3 '09 at 20:12
    
(but yes, my assertions would be a whole lot more punchy if my MSO rep wasn't displayed, in bold, right next to them ) –  Shog9 Aug 3 '09 at 20:13
    
You'd probably get more down-votes if you left it at "No." –  Brad Gilbert Aug 3 '09 at 20:17
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Putting SO flair on your blog is akin to placing all your used heroin needles in a trophy case at your front door. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:19
    
Shog9: I'm failing to see why your post is specific to MSO and not general to all the SO sites :) –  Martin Jul 17 '10 at 0:13

I will give the obligatory "Yes" answer, because if I say no, I will feel really sad about the time I have spent trying to get it here :)

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Of course the answer is yes. If we didn't have all this rep, we couldn't have fixed this question. And then everyone suffers. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:08
    
If a question has bad grammar in a forest, and no one is there to read it, does anyone suffer? –  mmyers Aug 3 '09 at 20:10
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The world suffers. –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:12
    
@mmyers: Shoot, I was always bad at riddles. I'm still trying to figure out what color the bear is if I edit a question in a cabin where all four walls face south. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:16
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You're bad at shooting riddles? That's probably why the bear is still alive. –  mmyers Aug 3 '09 at 20:17
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Does the Pope defecate in the woods? –  belgariontheking Aug 3 '09 at 20:18
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@belgarion: That is truly one of the most wtf comments I've ever seen. Bravo. –  Eric Aug 3 '09 at 20:19
    
Apricots . –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:20
    
@belgariontheking: If he does, I hope he'd edit the question with bad grammar while he's there. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:21
    
@TheTXI: Are you claiming that the Pope does not digest apricots and defecates them in a form that can be readily identified as such? –  belgariontheking Aug 3 '09 at 20:23
    
@belgariontheking: No, I am trying to assert that the crux of this debate is analagous to the pit of an apricot that was crushed underneath the foot of the bear that was defecating on the four south-facing walls. –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:25
    
I'm pretty sure that if a bear is defecating on the walls of my cabin, then we have the answer to mmyers's question about who suffers: the Pope. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:28
    
@TheTXI: That makes total sense, as the four south-facing walls are the walls of a mushroom. It's easy to defecate on mushrooms. Not so easy: editing questions while you're covered in bear apricots, crushed or not. –  belgariontheking Aug 3 '09 at 20:28
    
@belgariontheking: Now I think you're just being pretentious. –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:29
    
@TheTXI: Don't be jealous because you're not Catholic when you're in the forest. –  belgariontheking Aug 3 '09 at 20:31

I wouldn't put my MSO flair on any external site mainly because it's meaningless outside the SO sites.

Having said that I wouldn't put my SO flair on other sites either. I experimented with it on my Facebook profile and my blog (for different reasons), but I've removed it from both.

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It's worth it earning up to 10K so you have full voting, editing, and viewing privileges. Beyond that, less so.

Note that earning rep is different from participating in the site. If you use StackOverflow, ServerFault, or SuperUser, it's worth your while to keep an eye on meta now and then.

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Or else just become a moderator. –  mmyers Aug 3 '09 at 20:12
    
@mmyers: Or steal a moderator's login information. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:29
    
@mmyers: That takes a whole new spin with your new diamond. Incidentally, you got 10k on Meta about a week before that, so apparently 10k is still the quicker path! –  Gnome Jul 17 '10 at 2:36
    
@Gnome: It was more like a month, I think. But yeah. –  mmyers Jul 17 '10 at 3:43

No. If I were you I wouldn't care past 100:

1        Leave comments
15       Vote up
15       Flag offensive
100      Vote down (costs 1 rep), create new tags, edit community wiki posts
250      Vote to close or reopen your questions, create new tags
500      Retag questions
2000     Edit other people's posts
3000     Vote to close or reopen any questions
10000    Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools

That said, I hope a bunch of people get to 10K.

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I like you. –  TheTXI Aug 3 '09 at 20:14
    
I know you have the cheat codes, Tom. I tried up up down down left right left right a b a b select start to no avail. Does Game Genie work on this thing? –  Eric Aug 3 '09 at 20:15
    
If I had 2000 rep, I'd edit out the extra "were". Come on people, give me 196 upvotes! Not that I care, of course. –  mmyers Aug 3 '09 at 20:16
    
@mmyers: No upvotes for you, but I edited the question. So it's a wash, really. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 3 '09 at 20:17
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The Contra code does work, it's how I got the ♦, but you need a real peripheral. blogiversity.org/blogs/frankthetank/… –  Tom Ritter Aug 3 '09 at 20:28

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