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On Careers, when filling out my CV, it is listed as being 145% complete. Could someone tell me why this is?

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Just guess, because I haven't played with it much yet, but I'm guessing it double-counts multiple experience entries or similar. – Joel Coehoorn Oct 7 '09 at 21:28
Its a feature :D – perbert Oct 7 '09 at 21:34
It's an obvious easter egg. – Mark Tomlin Nov 3 '09 at 15:35
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The over 100% is intentional -- just indicates that you've gone the "extra mile" beyond the minimum required.

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A ha! Good to know. – Matthew Jones Oct 7 '09 at 21:35
I'm not feelin' it. – Joel Coehoorn Oct 7 '09 at 21:47
Just wait until you get to 900% complete. – Jeff Atwood Oct 7 '09 at 22:02
Gah. If I were to use C.SO, I wouldn't rest until I was over 9000% complete. – Thomas Owens Oct 8 '09 at 0:08
Do you think it might be tweaked so that your job history doesn't count towards being greater than 100% though? I don't think it is very fair that my CV has 130% even though all I have filled out so far is my education and employment history with a short summary. – rjzii Oct 8 '09 at 2:42
@Thomas Owens - WHAT, 9000?! - that never gets old to me. – Jarrod Dixon Oct 8 '09 at 4:53
How complete is Jon Skeet's CV ? – Matt Miller Oct 8 '09 at 4:57
Jon Skeet's CV is always ∞ % complete (aw, the infinity symbol is too darn small..) – Jeff Atwood Oct 8 '09 at 5:16
To most common users this "feature" looks like a bug. Be prepared for hundreds of bug report filings. – Kurt W. Leucht Oct 14 '09 at 16:45
I also agree that a value greater than 100% is confusing. It doesn't really provide any useful information and, given the explanation, seems to be arbitrary and unimportant. – Danny Whitt Oct 22 '09 at 7:56
This seems likes a feature that Michael Scott would propose, if Dunder Mifflin was a software company. – Kip Oct 28 '09 at 18:02
I almost filed a bug report. This should be fixed. – Moshe Mar 30 '11 at 17:12
In this case, I strongly disagree. There are still parts of my profile that are missing (my Personal Statement, for instance). Before, I would be notified and reminded of that (and possibly newer fields that have since been added). Now, just because I have a bunch of GitHub projects, those other fields don't count? It's just weird and unexpected. Maybe you can do this over-100% thing when 100% of the fields have been filled in, but I don't think you should allow missing fields to be compensated for by overly-filled-in fields. – Adrian Petrescu Mar 30 '11 at 21:38

145% means that you're 45% better than the average programmer. Congratulations.

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omg, I see metric-haters coming... – Andrea Ambu Oct 7 '09 at 21:48
100% is average - damn the curve in this class is tough. – JeffO Oct 9 '09 at 13:17

I'm reminded of this fictional exchange...

STAN: I need to talk about your flair.

JOANNA: Really? I have 15 buttons on.

STAN: Well, ok, 15 is minimum, ok?

STAN: Now, it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum. Well, like Brian, for example, has 37 pieces of flair.

JOANNA: Ok. Ok, you want me to wear more?

STAN: Look, we want you to express yourself, ok? If you think the bare minimum is enough, then ok. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, ok? You do want to express yourself, don't you?

Though, true confession, when I got to over 100% on my CV I was pretty happy. :-)

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You mean from Office Space. That wasn't fiction, it was true-life. – random Nov 10 '09 at 1:30
You know, the Nazis had pieces of flair that they made the Jews wear. – Kevin Panko Apr 28 '10 at 0:35

Probably the same way I scored 104% of possible points in a compilers class - extra credit. Make sure your typing is neat and read the assignment thoroughly.

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I was once scaled up to 112% in a mathematics test. – Stephen Denne Oct 9 '09 at 1:36
I once scored e in a maths test, which I felt was a little irrational. – Alistair Knock Oct 9 '09 at 8:07
You feel e was irrational? I'll meditate on that. – Andrew Grimm Jan 8 '10 at 11:20

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