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For the last month or so my reputation points on Server Fault has been 'stuck' at 812 and I can't figure out why it hasn't changed. I visit the site very day and I perform about 10 minutes of activity on average. Is my account locked or something?

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You don't get rep for just turning up. –  random Apr 13 '10 at 15:53
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I see movement in your rep graph. Not a lot, but some. –  balpha Apr 13 '10 at 15:54
    
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@random: on Meta, you pretty much do. –  perbert Apr 13 '10 at 16:08

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You probably aren't getting any upvotes. Rep isn't automatic and magical.

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Yeah, this isn't Eve Online or anything like that. –  Randolpho Apr 13 '10 at 15:53
    
Still, it's highly unusual that the reputation count won't change at all over many weeks, so asking a quick question is perfectly valid. –  Pëkka Apr 13 '10 at 16:03
    
"Rep isn't automatic and magical." Well, for some the former is false, but everyone knows the latter is false. Rep is as magical as Unicorns! –  Adam Davis Apr 13 '10 at 16:33
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I've been sitting at 3.8k or so for the past while on SU. Just can't find any interesting questions. –  Josh K Apr 13 '10 at 16:53
    
@Pekka: depends. I've been visiting for months, but due to my paying work I haven't contributed anything rep-worthy in a while. –  AnonJr Apr 13 '10 at 17:12
    
@Anon yes, but I'd expect that one will get at least an upvote or downvote or two for older questions. But maybe that doesn't have to happen. –  Pëkka Apr 13 '10 at 17:18

If you add up your rep in the past month, you've had +65 from up votes, then -16 from down votes giving you a total of +49, so it's gone up ... just not by much.

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Your reputation graph says you have gained rep during that time:

http://serverfault.com/users/9227?tab=reputationhistory#tab-top

You were somewhere around 780 in march.

Beyond what others have said (reputation only increases when other people upvote your questions and answers), a change was made to Questions in March - upvotes on questions were worth 10 reputation, but are now only worth 5 reputation. You lost about 45 reputation when that change was made in March.

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Even on a day to day basis it hasn't budged from 812 in a while. Its wierd. Thanks for the answer. –  djangofan Apr 13 '10 at 18:50
    
Now , 24+ hours later, after much activity, my points still remain at 812. Wierd. –  djangofan Apr 14 '10 at 18:30

If you want rep badly, you need to do the following:

  1. Ask a few well thought-out questions.
  2. Answer a lot of questions with helpful answers.
  3. Get your good answer in before anyone else.

The true secret to long-term rep gain is 1 and 2, but 3 can be a quick route to easy rep. Just answer quickly then expand on / improve the answer with edits.

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Actually, 1 is much less "worth" since the vote value change on questions. It takes two votes on a question to have the reputation from one vote on an answer. –  Gnoupi Apr 13 '10 at 15:57
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Don't forget excessive formatting. After you have written a quick one line answer to get the early upvotes, make sure subsequent edits have lots of headings and lists. –  HAL 9000 Apr 13 '10 at 15:57
    
@Gnoupi: good point; I'd quite forgotten about the recalc. Still, good questions tend to accumulate rep over time as folks come in from google searching. –  Randolpho Apr 13 '10 at 16:00

From looking at your history, it seems you just haven't been getting upvotes on your answers.

That could be due to a number of reasons, but by no means would I call it abnormal. Gaining rep is only a biproduct of the system, and isn't guaranteed.

If you focus on helping people, then the rep will come easily, and without effort.

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