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Allow the user to hide its own reputation value and/or badges similarly as visible on wiki pages. If the visitor wants to know your reputation, he/she has to view it on your user page.

Scenarios why to do it:

  • You have so much rep/badge, that your name gets recognized wherever you post
  • You want to be just helpful and you show this by not advertising how 'good repped' you are, but rather focus on a good answer
  • Implicit 'reputation' by name within the community - same as in the real world

Scenarios why not to do it:

  • Could impose transparency problems regarding to the site's basic concepts
  • Hard to implement on a per user basis
  • Concerns about showing/hiding it in the question part or in answers.

Discussion welcome.

Follow-up to this question of mine.

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Bounty: I really want to clear things about this question for good so I can close it. I guess it will be eventually declined ;) – akarnokd Aug 5 '09 at 19:53
I would say, thank you, in name of one of my program's functionality :) – akarnokd Aug 11 '09 at 21:03
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If your name is recognized, then removing the rep/badges isn't going to do anything - your name will still be there... unless you were planning on making posts anonymous before a hover/click-through.

I see your point, but I'm not sure there's really a problem at the moment that this would solve. I think there would have to be a way of tracing a question/answer back to a person to avoid the anonymity idiocy problem. The rest of it would probably be quite simple - I doubt that it would actually be hard to implement.

In short, I'm not against the idea, but I don't think it's particularly necessary either.

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Thank you. Somehow I felt you would answer. – akarnokd Jul 19 '09 at 12:32
Everybody recognizes Skeet because of his avatar. – TheTXI Jul 19 '09 at 15:41
Thank you. How about the reason to avoid this:… :) – akarnokd Aug 11 '09 at 20:04

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