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There are a lot of very active and intelligent users on Stackoverflow that are really adding a lot of value to this platform and they deserve their reputation points in my opinion. But a few users are just answering all questions they can find with a imprecise or even incorrect answer. Or just asking something like 20 questions a day (19 you could just google and maybe one interesting/real question). And they do it over and over again.

Do you think it would be a good idea if users could rate the general behavior a other user in his profile? (Maybe just high reputation members could do it) Or just give a feedback to the user of his general behavior?

Anyone can sometimes give a false answer from time to time or just ask a not very good formulated question but if they do it over and over, its getting annoying.

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What's the matter? Downvotes too cool for you? –  XMLbog May 11 '10 at 11:24
Jeff has said again and again that you should be rating the post not the user. –  ChrisF May 11 '10 at 11:27
Downvotes are not too cool for me :P –  meo May 11 '10 at 11:43
Also, "19 you could just google". Sure, and for which you would get answers lost on I-don't-know-which-forum-asking-me-to-register-to-actually-read-it. If you can get a full answer to your particular question, by a human being, it is always better. And also, it will feed "google" with more clever answers, easier to get. –  Gnoupi May 11 '10 at 12:25

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

As Chris noted, you should be rating the information not the user.

If there are behavior problems, this is what flagging for moderator attention is for.

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ok. Does a user keep points he has earned on a answer or question he has deleted? –  meo May 11 '10 at 11:41
@meo: I don't believe so - but the change in rep may not occur immediately. There would be a change, typically, upon a recalc of reputation. –  IAbstract May 11 '10 at 11:48
ok this answers my dilemma. –  meo May 11 '10 at 11:51

Users are rated on their general behaviour: Reputation.

Answering a lot of questions is not a bad thing - if the information inside is correct, it will be upvoted. If it solves the question, it will be answered. If neither are true, the person gains nothing. Thus, high-rep users sort of have to have done well!

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