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How to determine which user is moving at the fastest pace in terms of reputation? I am asking for users who have been at SO for at least 5 months. Any query to be run at stack exchange data explorer, any script, how to know that?

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Don't even ask about first. Maybe not second either. There's really no point... – dmckee May 26 '10 at 16:56
@dmckee: Actually it could be used to create a list of users with crazy high rep gains which might be falsified. – Josh K May 26 '10 at 17:08
By contrast, if you count gaining negative rep, I'd say that Evan Carroll has sewn up the fastest overall change rate on MSO. – beska May 26 '10 at 18:54
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Jon Skeet.

See (not by me).

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Interesting, although it's fundamentally based on a different range for every user. Would be more interesting to see this summarized over a specific time period (i.e. last 3 months). I'll bet that the results are at least a lot closer, especially considering that there was no rep cap in the early days. – Aarobot May 26 '10 at 18:28
@Aarobot: The rep cap has been applied retrospectively (and there's always been one since I joined). – Jon Skeet May 26 '10 at 18:34

I imagine that user would be Jon Skeet, the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

(hope I got the quote right)

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I doubt that he has the current highest first derivative. – Rosinante May 26 '10 at 17:41
@Rosinante: I suspect I have, actually. Generally on a week day I earn between 260 and 350 rep... I haven't seen any other users with quite that rate. I've seen some close, don't get me wrong... and I certainly wouldn't claim to earn the most on every single day... but I suspect over any given month I may well have the highest rep. – Jon Skeet May 26 '10 at 17:51
The "any tag" stats page -… - it somewhat indicative, but it doesn't take into account the rep cap, just votes. – Jon Skeet May 26 '10 at 17:53
@Jon oh, well, wrong again. – Rosinante May 26 '10 at 20:28

I would say Jon Skeet because a while ago he made a twitter update saying "Wow today is the first day in months I didn't hit the reputation cap on Stack Overflow"

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