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My rep went over 2,000 today which meant I could edit other people's posts. Great! Then I added a bounty to a previous question, which brought me back down to 1,984...and I can no longer edit other posts. Should this changed? Or is this ideal?

Update: Thank you all who up-voted in an attempt to restore my editing-ability, but unfortunately I have already capped my rep-limit today, so your efforts are all in vain :) I appreciate the kindness though.

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You were at 1984, I've upvoted you soon your edit priveleges will be back. –  Omar Kooheji Jul 13 '09 at 16:11
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BUt it looks like you've reached the rep cap for today... –  Omar Kooheji Jul 13 '09 at 16:12
    
Duplicate? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11930/… –  ChrisF Aug 3 '09 at 20:27
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@ChrisF, I asked mine in mid-july, the other was asked 8 hours ago. Mine isn't the dup ;) –  Jonathan Sampson Aug 4 '09 at 0:48
    
Up to 85K now, with a diamond. Good to see you got those edit privileges back :-P –  Adam Rackis Feb 13 '13 at 17:21
    
Yep @AdamRackis :P do you even remember asking this question, Jonathan? :P –  Doorknob Feb 14 '13 at 0:43
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What's the point of putting your reputation on the line for a bounty if there is no consequence of losing it?

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I think he is upset that he lost his privileges and not his rep. –  TheTXI Jul 13 '09 at 15:43
    
Good point. I was making a distinction between points/abilities, but they are interdependent. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 13 '09 at 15:43
    
Not upset - I'll have it again tomorrow. Just curious. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 13 '09 at 15:44
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@answer: there are many other consequences losing rep. But privileges should be based not on the current rep level, but on how much we TRUST the user. See tim's answer or mine. –  Tomas Aug 10 '11 at 15:01
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Based on Jeff's explanation of the community and hit points and privileges it sounds like SO does not work correctly.

The way it works now a user is to be trusted LESS for giving away bounty points - even though he is participating even more in the community. Jeff has repeatedly stated that hitpoints and privileges are an indicator of how much the site "Trusts" a user.

I'd argue that once you reach a threshold it is more consistent with Jeff's statements that the privileges be left intact even if the hitpoints go below that threshold.

For example - if a user has 12000 hitpoints and then decides to give away 10000 in bounty for a bunch of questions, how does this affect their level of commitment to the site and the community's level of trust? It shouldn't.

I think the functionality is broken.

In reality this is probably not a big deal. No one is spending that much on bounties and most people will continue to gain hitpoints and will not likely lose so much that they can't get back to where they were in short order.

Again, fundamentally, the current policy is inconsistent with Jeff's comments on hitpoints and privileges .

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+1 for illuminating the issue as a concept, but also for tempering the content by noting that, for the most part, it's probably not a big deal. I agree with both sides. –  beska Aug 7 '09 at 18:11
    
Why should asking a question, and awarding points, make the system trust you more? SO has got to have a system, and the more transparent and simple it is, the better. The more semi-opaque if-then-else rules magically confuse people. E.g.: Confusion of how The Populist badge works –  Stu Thompson Nov 3 '09 at 21:35
    
Um, Jeff has made the statement that the system trusts you more the more effort (posts, votes, etc) you put into it. Those are not my words. –  tim Nov 3 '09 at 23:08
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Yes, I think the same - the concept is broken. See my answer. –  Tomas Aug 10 '11 at 14:51
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I strongly agree. How about creating a badge for people who lose their priledges after giving bounties? –  ℝaphink Apr 2 '12 at 12:08
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I don't think this should be changed. If you drop below a specific threshold I do not believe that you should continue to have those abilities. If it was just a fluke occurrence, it should not be difficult to get yourself boosted back up above the mark again.

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At least this property should have been documented. –  kd304 Jul 13 '09 at 18:29
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It shouldn't necessarily have to be documented. When it says that certain privileges are allowed for users over X amount of rep, it would be easy to assume that once you drop below X rep, you no longer have those privileges. –  TheTXI Jul 13 '09 at 18:33
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Common sense should not have to be documented. –  GEOCHET Jul 13 '09 at 18:33
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The problem stems from the fact that what seems like common sense to one person is not common sense to another. Yes, I know, Rich B., everything is completely obvious to you, and everyone who has another point of view is a moron who lacks your "common sense". Nevertheless, I could easily imagine making a convincing argument that the privs should stay after the reputation goes down because of a bounty. I'm not saying it's the ideal or better solution, but one could certainly make a case for it. Get off your high horse. (no offense to TheTXI) –  beska Aug 7 '09 at 18:08
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Ponies are designed to be fairly short. –  TheTXI Aug 7 '09 at 18:31
    
Good point. I stand corrected. (And, btw, I agree with you...while it might be a nice feature to have, I don't realistically see it as a significant problem for people that earn their rep.) –  beska Aug 7 '09 at 18:41
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I think that it's ideal. That way, if somebody's gotten up to 2,000 rep, and then all of the sudden gets downvoted to oblivion (or Bolivian, depending on your preference), then they should lose that editing privilege.

However, you did do this to yourself, which remains slightly amusing. I'll give you a +1 to get back to that point, though, since distinguishing between voting and bounty rep may be a good idea, as has been brought up by folks who hit the rep cap quickly after garnering a bounty in the morning.

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for downvoting yes, but for bounties there's absolutely no reason we should stop to trust the user and withdraw his privileges. See tim's answer or mine. –  Tomas Aug 10 '11 at 14:58
    
For us readers in the future: bounties do not effect the rep cap in any way –  Ben Brocka Jun 19 '12 at 10:47
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From the description of privileges, it says that reputation is a measure of:

  • How much the community trusts you
  • Your communication skills
  • The quality and relevancy of your questions and answers

Placing a bounty on a question doesn't change any of these above characteristics. Therefore, retracting any privilege in this case doesn't make sense to me.

Most privileges are offered to empower the person to make even larger contributions to the community, and the hope is that (s)he has gained the trust to do so appropriately. Just because (s)he has placed a bounty on a question doesn't make him/her any "less trustworthy".

On the other hand, if your reputation decreases because of poor questions/answers (or similar), then it is true that your trust within the community and the quality of your answers has decreased, and so should your reputation points and privileges.

Perhaps there should be a finer distinction made between the two cases?

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-1 Nope The whole point of a bounty is that you are making a sacrifice to draw attention to a question. If you can post unlimited bounties but still keep all your privileges, what's the point? –  JNK May 7 '12 at 15:51
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I'd think it fair -- after all, if you'd lost the reputation through a string of downvoting, where the community is showing they're losing faith, it would seem silly to retain "superpowers" (read: extra features entrusted to the more widely respected members of the community)

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You need a lot of downvotes to lose significant rep –  Casebash Oct 26 '09 at 9:19
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for downvoting yes, but for bounties there's absolutely no reason we should stop trusting the user. See tim's answer or mine. –  Tomas Aug 10 '11 at 14:54
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It should be like Phase-locked loop.

Say you cross reputation score of 2000 and you got edit privileges. These privileges should remain unless you go below 1800. And those will be granted again at 2000.

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By my opinion, it would be more natural if the privileges are persistent once gained. The user is given privileges once he was "tested" by the community, for being trustworthy. He has to spend some time at the site to gain reputation and see how it works.

Once we consider person trustworthy, what makes him untrustworthy when he spends his reputation on bounties? Does he become a beginner then? Will he suddenly forget everything he learned at SO?

P.S.: I would understand it for negative points from downvotes (or penalties, if there are any). But when placing bounties.... or when your answers are migrated (I don't know if you lose points in this situation) I don't really see any reason to lose privileges.

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From my point of view I prefer KISS at it is.
If I lose/give away reputation, it can cost me some privileges. That's why I think twice and bounties are special for hard questions instead if overwhelming.

I gain rep for constructive and well fitting answers.
Something I don't loose while starting a bounty. So just be patient and work to get it again. Every bounty is result of hard work. So privileges are same. I got mine (atm) from editing question's code to look more readable. Different work than given good answers, but work.

Referring to first statement "simple": It needs much more tracking and a more complex database on any different way like now. What for? Some rare moments I had also myself, when I got privilege to comment everywhere, gave a stupid answer, lost some rep and had to write next comment as answer. Well, don't lost anything I care. Later got new rep.

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I think there's a key point here that everyone is missing, which is the purpose of a bounty. It is to give one answer otherwise-undue attention – to override the system by which questions are normally sorted, by votes.

Every time you place a bounty on a question, you are giving it an advantage over other questions of the same quality or thoughtfulness, and you are attracting attention that could be spent on other questions instead.

In short, it's a selfish thing to do – a bounty makes the site more useful for the person who placed it and probably no-one else. So I'm quite happy to penalise them for prioritising their own interests over others'.

If everyone placed more bounties, the bounty system would become less useful, so we need some way of limiting its use.

Look at it like this: you get to choose whether for 2000 rep you get the privilege of editing questions, or you get the privilege of making a question of your choice more visible.

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I have to strongly agree with the losing of privileges based on reputation. I realize that there will always be exceptional cases where it seems unfair, but if we normalize based on the exception then absurdity will ensue.

Not losing your privileges once you have obtained them would be too much like a bad union contract, and the 700 teachers doing nothing in New York is evidence enough of how disatorous that can be. Hopefully this real world example is enough evidence to bring home the point.

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It is absolutely mind-boggling that you attempt to draw an analogy between hitpoints and privileges on SO to tenured teachers that are paid to do nothing. Wow. –  tim Aug 7 '09 at 15:04
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