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How does “Reputation” work?

(Or is it a service?)

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migrated from Aug 2 '10 at 10:20

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marked as duplicate by Tim Post, Ladybug Killer, George Stocker, Bill the Lizard Aug 2 '10 at 12:31

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Read the FAQ. It is not a secret. – Oded Aug 2 '10 at 10:20
@Oded: shh! We don't want too many people knowing about the FAQ. – Andy E Aug 2 '10 at 10:24
-1 Because you've already had one question migrated to meta before. – Martin Smith Aug 2 '10 at 11:49
Removed my -1 again because his first question was unjustly migrated. – Pëkka Aug 2 '10 at 12:47
@Pekka - Whoops. Well spotted! My vote is locked in now anyway. – Martin Smith Aug 2 '10 at 12:52
Did this remind anyone else of the In-N-Out "secret menu"? – Pops Aug 2 '10 at 18:45

From the FAQ:

What is reputation?

Reputation is completely optional. Normal use of Stack Overflow — that is, asking and answering questions — does not require any reputation whatsoever.

Stack Overflow is run by you! To help us run the site, you'll need to earn some reputation first. Reputation is a (very) rough measurement of how much the community trusts you. Reputation is never given, it is earned by convincing fellow users that you know what you're talking about.

To gain reputation, post good questions and useful answers. Your peers will vote on your posts, and those votes will cause you to gain (or, in rare cases, lose) reputation:

answer is voted up +10

question is voted up +5

answer is accepted +15 (+2 to acceptor)

post is voted down -2 (-1 to voter)

A maximum of 30 votes can be cast per user per day, and you can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day (although accepted answers are immune to this limit). Also, please note that votes for any posts marked "community wiki" do not generate reputation.

Amass enough reputation points and Stack Overflow will allow you to go beyond simply asking and answering questions:

15 Vote up

15 Flag offensive

50 Leave comments

100 Vote down (costs 1 rep)

100 Edit community wiki posts

200 Reduced advertising

250 Vote to close, reopen, or migrate your questions

500 Retag questions

1000 Show total up and down vote counts

1500 Create new tags

2000 Edit other people's posts

3000 Vote to close, reopen, or migrate any questions

10000 Delete closed questions, access to moderation tools

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