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In addition to showing reputation scores, SO should rank users. In the users section, users are ordered by the reputations they have.

Each user should also have a unique rank, since many users can have the same reputation score.

Rank must follow the order laid out by reputation, but for those having similar reputation, an additional formula should be defined which can rank users based on tags, time since registration, frequency of activity and/or helpfulness of their answers.

What are your thoughts on this?

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is that any better? –  Marc Gravell Jul 2 '09 at 9:57
    
Yes indeed! Thanks! –  fretje Jul 2 '09 at 10:01

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People get too excited by the reputation / position. Just post good questions / answers

"lo que será, será"

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Of course it's easy for us to say that... though I quite agree. –  Jon Skeet Jul 2 '09 at 9:46
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ranking would just be another motivating factor...but I agree with you.. –  s_ruchit Jul 2 '09 at 9:49
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"lo que será, será" –  John the Seagull Jul 2 '09 at 9:54
    
@Vinko - better? –  Marc Gravell Jul 2 '09 at 9:55

You can find the ordinal rank and percentile of all users on stack exchange here

You can get your rank and percentile on custom flair here

You can show off as many of your accounts as you like


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The reputation league now maintains a list of relative rankings, on a per-weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly and all-time basis.

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I think reputation changes so quickly that this is not an issue. This can also be analyzed from the data dump if so inclined.

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there are many users having same reputations. it's mentioned in the question. –  s_ruchit Jul 2 '09 at 9:19
    
At lower counts there are a lot of common scores, but this rapidly stops happening with even a few hundred rep. –  Richard Jul 2 '09 at 9:43
    
(looks forward to the time when I need a time-breaker with Jon... as if...) –  Marc Gravell Jul 2 '09 at 10:26

I don't think this is really an issue, but you could introduce a tie-breaker based on badges, e.g. have a "score from badges" of 25 * gold + 10 * silver + bronze. Then if the users are still tied, go for "higher user id wins" (as they've accrued the same score in a shorter time).

But no, I don't think this is worth doing :)

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I struggle to think of a time when it would be needed... –  Marc Gravell Jul 2 '09 at 9:42
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"needed"? Well the whole scoring thing isn't needed, but it gets people to think of SO like a game and get answering questions to get points. It's what drives the site, and some kind of "User Rank" would help do that. I'm suggesting a different system here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2231/… –  Chris Pietschmann Jul 3 '09 at 17:56

This sounds a lot like a duplicate of my own suggestion for different user ranking metrics.

New User Rankings

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  1. If there is an API to grab minor stats such as rep per language, rep per answer, most changed answers, etc. that'd be of major interest to people like me who'd like to study the truth behind the numbers. (Update: looks like http://data.stackexchange.com/ will help satiate my hunger for data)
  2. I agree that in a vacuum rank is not a clear indicator of excellence. However, there could be a way to quantitatively demonstrate value to interested parties such as clients, based on your particular field. There could be a per-language leaderboard that's weighted on a score per answer basis. The reason being, C++, C#, JavaScript Q&A has a distinct advantage over many other languages. The current state is analog to an English language tutor competing with a Tongan language tutor for world-wide job interest.
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Following link will give you the answer:

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