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I just joined Stack Overflow and am finding it very useful. But getting my score up to the level where I can actually do things like answer questions, mark people's answers up or down and so on is proving to be painfully slow. Can any of you SO hacks and experts furnish me with tips to get my score climbing?

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I gave ya 5 points, welcome, share your ideas and have fun – Kane May 17 '10 at 10:06
possible duplicate of How to get over 200 reputation points every day? – fretje May 17 '10 at 10:15
even better dupe:… – fretje May 17 '10 at 10:19
@Kane - many thanks! (I wasn't scrounging btw) ;-) – 5arx May 17 '10 at 10:40
I just realised this question has gone to metastack overflow so won't boost my score on regular SO... – 5arx May 17 '10 at 10:42
You don't need any rep to be able to answer questions! – fretje Jul 15 '11 at 7:47

If you really want to boost your score, learn jQuery and answer jQuery related questions. It still amazes me how you can write a simple line of code as an answer for a jQuery related question and it will receive 7-10 upvotes if you're the first.

On a more serious note, generally if you give a long winded answer, no matter how good it may be, others will not sit through and read it unless it's a topic they're really interested in. A short, correct answer seems to generate more upvotes because others can see that it's correct instantly. Really, you have to find a balance and make sure you don't ramble on too much in your answer.

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hahaha I just experienced the same jquery result. Just goal hang. – tomwrong Jul 15 '11 at 7:38
I've seen some patently wrong jquery answers with high votes! – barrymac Feb 28 '12 at 15:40
I've actually seen long-winded answers get a lot of upvotes even if they are pretty bad. I thought it was because people saw a long answer and upvoted it without reading because they thought the answerer obviously put a lot of effort into it so they're probably right. – Eva Mar 5 '13 at 0:27
@Eva: yeah, sometimes that's the case. But, usually, this is a result of bandwagon voting, so those type of people only vote it up when it's already got a few votes. I think, over time, long answers get more votes in general, but in the short term concise answers seem to do better. – Andy E Mar 5 '13 at 9:13

ask good question and/or give good answers.

gaming the system is a fools errand

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It's not that simple, I have good answers with 2 or 3 votes and easy and simple answers with dozens of up votes. It's a combination of factors, speed of answers, completeness of answers, popularity of the topic. Good answers alone won't maximize your rep, you need to consider other factors. – Pop Catalin May 17 '10 at 10:11
Yep. I find little correlation between the score my answer receives and the quality of it. – Martin Smith May 17 '10 at 10:17
@pop - me too. maybe I am just bitter. ;-\ – Sky Sanders May 27 '10 at 17:56

I notice that you haven't accepted answers to any of your questions yet. You get 2 points for accepting an answer.

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If you are finding it useful then you are already working on improving your score. You can already upvote. Do so often to good posts, comment if something was helpful, ask complete questions and if you happen to find a question you can answer, answer it. Sometimes I will even seek answers to questions I do not know the answer to just to learn. The exploration becomes part of my answer and all parties benefit.

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My tips are:

  • Keep adding more and more detail to answers (or questions) that are getting a lot of votes. Eventually you end up with essay style pages and the votes will just keep coming in.

  • Keep an eye on feedback from others, follow up and get more votes.

  • Tags used within Question and Answers - Add tags on questions where your answer has been accepted on.

  • Use the many other sites to improve your SO score, your overall Stack Exchange flair... and your programming knowledge. I'm using SO, etc. 50% for education these days...

  • Favorite and Ignored tags - use these to bring questions you can answer to the front. I have about 100 favorite tags and 80 ignore tags....

  • Whenever you have a great question, ask it on SO

  • When you have a good answer, post the main thing immediately and then some time improving it, fixing grammar and spelling, etc.

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Just be helpful and contribute to posts any way you can. If you see a comment that might not be accurate, correct it. It's all about creating a reference for developers. It's like the 'Google for Developers'

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His point was that he can't comment yet. He has 35 points but needs 50. – mmyers May 17 '10 at 15:07

Describe your question to the best of your efforts and post right answers to the questions.

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Thanks for your comments. I can't say any one of them has answered my question entirely so I've been judicious with the upvotes :-) – 5arx Sep 13 '10 at 10:04

Goal hang ( answer posts quickly ), skip the complex ones. I've got a co0uple of absolute gems up but nobody ever sees them.

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Skip the complex ones ... that explains a lot. So SO is really a site about getting upvotes, not providing answers. Is that what you are saying? Then I have another tip for you: Correct questions and posts and give helpful meta-advice. That does not contribute to the questions, but collecting points for annyoing other people seems fun to a lot of people here. In real life, one would throw these cunts out of the building, but here they are free to excercise power on others. Nice place to be, isn't it? – JensG Oct 3 '13 at 11:12

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