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Starting with which reputation is it "not embarrasing" to use the 'Got Flair' feature? I thought about adding it to my website (as I'm currently looking for a job), but I'm afraid that the rating of 1400 won't impress anyone.

So my question is: what rating is considered by you as a 'good rating', that would help you impress future employers?


Thank you so much for expressing your opinion, and for pointing me to the other question (for which this one is indeed a duplicate). It was very helpful for me.

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Anything under 10k is pitiable. –  XMLbog Jan 6 '10 at 14:35
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Also, reputation is an arbitrary number that should not impress any employers that a competent person would want to vote for. Seriously, "This guy spends ~8 hours a day answering questions on a Q&A site! I'm sure he doesn't have any attention span problems! Let's hire him before someone else does!" Does that sound like someone you'd want to work for? In related news, I got my current job by showing my employer a shiny laser until he hired me. –  XMLbog Jan 6 '10 at 14:37
    
You are not allowed to use it below 100K. Jon would be offended otherwise. –  Ladybug Killer Jan 6 '10 at 14:39
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When Jon casts an offensive flag, you not only immediately have your comment deleted and lose 100 reputation, but $100 is withdrawn from your bank account and is donated to the Wayback Machine in Jeff Atwood's name. –  XMLbog Jan 6 '10 at 14:40
    
@Welbog - are you an optometrist? –  user27414 Jan 6 '10 at 14:48
    
@Jon B: No, I'm a laserographer. I thought that was obvious from my profile. –  XMLbog Jan 6 '10 at 14:49
    
Grrr. I wonder whether I should take the '10k' seriously. –  Anna Jan 6 '10 at 15:01
    
10k is not some magical border. Some employers might take it serious even at 1k, some might not care about it even at 100k. There's no general rule on this. –  alex Jan 6 '10 at 15:09
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@Anna: If you take anything seriously which is related with the four sites of the trilogy, then you are doing it wrong! –  Ladybug Killer Jan 6 '10 at 15:16
    
@John Smithers: Silliness is paramount! –  XMLbog Jan 6 '10 at 15:18
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@John, how can anyone take seriously a trilogy that has four of something? –  Pavel Shved Jan 6 '10 at 15:18
    
@Pavel Shved: I dunno, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is fairly well-regarded, and there are five entries in that trilogy! :) –  John Rudy Jan 6 '10 at 15:20
    
@Jon B: No, I'm pretty sure he's a pessimist. –  mmyers Jan 6 '10 at 15:23
    
I feel as if I entered a group with its own sense of humor I don't yet get :-) –  Anna Jan 6 '10 at 15:23
    
We don't have sense, period! –  Ladybug Killer Jan 6 '10 at 15:24

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I view flair primarily as a way to show your love for Stack Overflow. It doesn't have a start rep if you really like promoting Stack Overflow on your page.

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If you're proud of your rep and want to use the flair feature, use it, no matter how much rep you have. There's no good or bad reputation here; the simple fact that you're on SO shows you're passionate about programming and want to learn and help others.

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My current boss doesn't have a tiniest idea of what the numbers on the flair mean, but, having seen it, he said that being in a Q&A site community is cool.

Therefore, I think, the numbers hardly matter unless they really look miserable. I think that if your rep count ends with k (that happens if you have 10k or more) it definitely isn't too few to show your involvement.

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That's the thing. I don't have over 10k. I only have 1,400. But I guess you guys are right, and just being a member is something to be proud of. –  Anna Jan 6 '10 at 15:19

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