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It occurred to me, with all the user data collected from the site.

Is there a way to calculate an estimation of the average number of hours a Stack Overflow user needs to gain 1000 rep?

There could be some formula to extrapolate how long it takes to type a post (not considering an research required to post); the user's visits and activity are logged.

It might even change as the user's rep increases.

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We don't have the data. How do you know how long someone has been spending on SO (ie. number of hours)? Seeing someone every 10 minutes doesn't mean they have been on the site between sightings. – Oded Jul 14 '13 at 8:30
@Oded I understand this, but we could calculate the number of SO hours, ie spent reviewing, editing, posting.. not browsing and pls see my edit – user223277 Jul 14 '13 at 9:02
The answer is 42 hours. – Old Checkmark Jul 14 '13 at 12:39
Hahaha @doubledown – user223277 Jul 14 '13 at 14:38
@AwesomePoodles I was hoping someone would make an app – user223277 Jul 15 '13 at 0:34
I would make an app or a SEDE query, except that the required information is not available in either the API or SEDE. I have also seen several people racking up huge scores with ho-hum, but fast, answers. While thoughtful, more useful but slower, answers never catch up (at least on lower-traffic tags). So time spent has no absolute correlation to reputation. – Awesome Poodles Jul 15 '13 at 21:53
@AwesomePoodles very good observation, Can you post that as an answer pls? – user223277 Jul 16 '13 at 1:49
No, I don't want to have to dig up the links to prove my claim. I've spent more time than I wished on this Q already (for no score). ;-) – Awesome Poodles Jul 16 '13 at 2:06
hey, apparently there's a real risk of rep being sold on the black market, you can go get some ;) hahahahahhaha (did you see that question?) – user223277 Jul 16 '13 at 2:08… – user223277 Jul 16 '13 at 2:08

It would be an interesting statistic. However, as Oded alluded to, it would almost be impossible to properly determine, as I do not think the website monitors/has the ability to monitor the exact time interacting with the site, especially for activities such as reading questions/answers etc.

Also, I think if it were calculable, it would vary widely.

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Widely, yes. Top users on SO usually accumulate between 2000 and 3000 reputation points per week. – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 14 '13 at 8:43
@FrédéricHamidi very true, and occasional users like me would reach 1000 on this site in a few months, and SO in about a year. – user226423 Jul 14 '13 at 8:46
@Damien I know it would not be an accurate thing, but it could show some trends?? please see my edit – user223277 Jul 14 '13 at 9:03
@Yve yes, that is theoretically possible, but it would be a statistic of logged time, as there I no way of knowing exactly what the person is doing behind the keyboard. It would also still vary widely. – user226423 Jul 14 '13 at 9:05
@damien of course, but there would already be algorithms for how long it takes a person to write "x" number of words.. and the stats could be presented as onsite time, plus time for typing.. excluding time for research and based on assumption that the answerer understood the question and answer and was able to type it without research – user223277 Jul 14 '13 at 9:11
@Yve then there is the variable of typing speed. e.g. touch-typists vs. index-finger-keyboard-stabber – user226423 Jul 14 '13 at 9:12
@Damien of course, but we can just use standard deviation and work out some algorithm.. for a user on a desktop/laptop with average typing speed bladdy bladdy bla – user223277 Jul 14 '13 at 9:21
@Yve I see, yes, that is definitely possible, and as I said, would be interesting. But to play devil's advocate and anticipate a possible question - why would we want this data? – user226423 Jul 14 '13 at 9:26
@Damien because we are pedantic literal people and we can :) lol see my answer I posted… – user223277 Jul 14 '13 at 9:35
@Yve I can relate to that answer :) – user226423 Jul 14 '13 at 9:38
@Damien I just answered this question…, in the comments I said I'd be a few minutes, 30 mins later I finished and posted my answer hahahahha – user223277 Jul 18 '13 at 16:51

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