After a few hours here on Stack Overflow, I began to ask myself some theoretical questions related to reputation scores and total number of reputation points distributed by the system. It seems that the basic rules are:
- You'll get +10 reputation points each time your answer is clicked up
- A clicked down answer is -2 points for the answerer, -1 for the clicker
- There might be other scoring rules that I did not fully identified (selected answer, favorite question, etc) but which are less important.
Can we anticipate/foresee the total number of reputation points in relation with activity/number of users (being for example an increasing function)?
Or, is this function (being of total number of reputation points) erratic and leading to non-predictable and chaotic results? In this case we would be facing a good example of deterministic chaos, where fully deterministic initial conditions (here the scoring rules) can lead to unpredictable results.
- Which conditions would yield negative values?
- What would be the consequences of generalised individual negative
scores when you know that:
- You need to have at least 15 reputation for up-votes and
- 100 reputation for down-votes.
Can we imagine a situation where all users are below 15, meaning that newbies cannot distribute or collect reputations?