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Summary

This proposal is for a new league that would track current posting activity, rather than historical posts or necro-rep. There would be no changes to the current system; it would just be another way of looking at data the system is already tracking.

League Metrics

Specifically, the league would:

  1. Having a sliding time window, rather than a fixed calendar period (e.g. the past 7 days, rather than a Sunday-Saturday calendar week). This would ensure that posting activity is averaged over the time period, rather than biased towards activity early in a calendar period or biased against activity later in a calendar period.

  2. Include only new posts made within that time window.

  3. Count upvotes/downvotes without regard to daily reputation caps.

Analysis

The first two items are pretty non-controversial, and have received some support in other comments, questions, and discussions, including (most recently) Revisiting the rep cap (yes, again). The goal is provide visibility for active participants, without biasing the metrics towards historical postings.

This would not change the existing leagues, so folks with a great deal of historical content would still be highly ranked in those leagues. All that would change is that there would be one or more additional leagues to rank the data with a bias towards recent content.

Item #3 might be the most controversial, and could certainly be removed if the results would be undesirable for the community. This third item is intended to:

  • Provide an incentive for high-rep users for whom the daily cap does not accurately reflect their ongoing contributions.
  • Provide an incentive for new users who post exceptional content that isn't normally counted due to the daily rate cap.
  • Provide an incentive to everyone to participate more and to post great content, even if it isn't counted towards earned reputation.

Please Vote

Please upvote if you support the idea of a new league. If you think the idea has merit, but you have an alternative implementation in mind, please post it as an answer. Thanks!

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I'd vote for it if it tracked future contributions! –  Flimzy Jun 14 '12 at 22:26
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Nice. This gets +6 as an answer and -2 as a question. –  Some Helpful Commenter Jun 14 '12 at 22:28
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@Flimzy You write an algorithm to track future contributions, and I'll offer my non-binding guarantee to include it in the SO codebase! –  CodeGnome Jun 14 '12 at 22:28
    
@SomeHelpfulCommenter Shhhh! You're not supposed to point out logical inconsistencies like that on meta. :) –  CodeGnome Jun 14 '12 at 22:31
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I'd love to see how I compare against Jon Skeet recently. :D –  sarnold Jun 14 '12 at 23:29
    
Did you just ask as a question a comment you made several months ago? meta.stackexchange.com/a/134641/187896 - That seems contrary to how this whole Q&A format works. –  David Manheim Jun 14 '12 at 23:50
    
-1, leagues? We don't need no stinkin' leagues. Go answer questions, you'll gain reputation. No league needed. –  user7116 Jun 15 '12 at 0:22
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I think that removing the reputation cap will skew the whole thing towards answers/questions receiving an insane amount of votes for reasons unrelated to content quality. –  Wladimir Palant Jun 15 '12 at 8:17
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@SomeHelpfulCommenter: Not very surprising - a question is seen by everybody following Meta, the answer only by the people who were already following the reputation cap topic. It's a self-selection bias. –  Wladimir Palant Jun 15 '12 at 8:18

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