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An article, "6 Simple Tips to Get Stackoverflow Reputation Fast" at, made these suggestions:

  1. Be the First to Answer. Even at the cost of quality.

  2. Use Downvotes and Comments Strategically

  3. Use obnoxious in-your-face formatting and lists.

  4. Be Aware of the 200 rep/day Limit

  5. Edit, But Don’t Edit Too Much

  6. Associate your other accounts

Courtesy of our pal codexon. What do you think of these tips? Agree? Disagree? Walnuts? Cantaloupe?

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How in the world do you downvote strategically...? – aggregate1166877 Oct 18 '12 at 15:05
By downvoting other answerers who are competing with your answer. If you do that when you would not have done (had you not answered the question), then that is strategic. – Phil H Oct 31 '12 at 11:35
More importantly, down voting answers costs you rep. So using too frequently isn't going to help your score. – HaemEternal Jan 21 '13 at 13:19
Where is the part about using jQuery for the answer?! – Awesome Poodles May 31 '13 at 1:17
You could always just ask a ridiculous number of questions...… – apaul34208 May 31 '13 at 5:54
I'm kind of appalled at the existence of this post... – jpmc26 Jul 15 '13 at 7:21
downvoting only for the sake of for personal rep gain. Now that is anti-community. – Tanvimil Aug 17 '13 at 9:58
Use Downvotes and Comments Strategically = Rep-whoring ? – sancho.s Nov 18 '13 at 20:21
ALSO Dont Comment on a post which is voted down I mean under 0, It will make them think that you were the downvoter ..... – UltraDEVV Sep 25 '14 at 16:42
What about: Provide copy and paste solutions to simple, everyday problems in enterprise languages, especially Java [and now Swift]? – Carl Smith Nov 9 '14 at 19:28
Can someone please explain #6? Is that the same as merging 2 accounts created inadvertently? It seems like that would rarely happen. If it did, there wouldn't be many points in one of the accounts. – Nelu Malancea Nov 28 '14 at 1:52
I would down-vote this, but I don`t have enough reputation A far more constructive answer is provided here – Perambulator Apr 5 '15 at 3:10
@Phil H "downvoting other answerers who are competing with your answer" is very evil – bugsbunny5112 May 8 '15 at 9:54
this have been been posted 6 years ago, but I find disgusting and unethic to "downvote" perfectly valid answers just to get reputation. – Alvaro Menéndez Oct 15 '15 at 21:31
These tips are not to be taken seriously, as they are clearly tongue-in-cheek. This is a satirical commentary from someone who is clearly unhappy with the status-quo. – Sheamus Apr 3 at 15:58

34 Answers 34

Some examples that seem to work for me.

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2. Use Downvotes and Comments Strategically

See my response to #1. I think that will help curb this. Another solution is to increase downvote cost if you have already answered the question. If the user downvotes before answering, then either revert the user's downvotes for the question, apply the new "cost" of the downvotes to the user after answering the question. This could be a confirmation the user has to agree to after clicking "submit". For example: "Answering this question will remove X reputation due to downvotes assigned to competing answers. Continue?"

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Disagree. I sometimes downvote other answers on questions I have answered because the other answers are seriously wrong. I remember one question for alternative ways to determine whether .NET objects were equal, and there was an upvoted answer advising using GetHashCode [which is utterly wrong according to the docs]. It would have hurt a little to lose extra rep for downvoting that. – MarkJ Sep 16 '09 at 22:23

What's the use of these reputations anyway? I became a member of SoF to find quality answers for my questions and if somebody has a question that I might know the answer, help him to find the answer. I know that it is enjoyable to gain respect among the fellow programmers, but I think that is not the goal. It's not a race for gaining more reputations but it's a game of helping each other to improve our knowledge. We are not players against each other but we are members of a team playing to gain the knowledge and skills that we need to be even better programmers.

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To me it is primarily a game, the Q&A is just a nice bonus. I dislike reading about the crap I do in my day job, but I love games. – McGarnagle May 25 '12 at 7:22

Others answered well how to continue, but here's my strategy for the very start: Not everyone is good in programming, but there are lots of sites on the Stack Exchange network and odds are good that you are good at something we have a site for.

Pick a topic you know enough about to be able to give good answers, read their tour, lurk around for a while and answer wherever you have something helpful to say (protip: early betas have less traffic, so you have more time to answer before someone else does and you don't have to watch duplicate answers too much). After a few days return to Stack Overflow with association bonus of +100 points allowing you to chat, comment and upvote, privileges whose lack annoys the most.

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