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I got an email telling me I'm one of the top new users (on Writers). But I'm not in the list... of course not, since I only have 131 reputation so far. But... how can I then be a top new user if the system doesn't track me (or at least the site claims it doesn't)?

Edit: I'm just wondering (so -bug +support) why I get the "you are in the top" email when I'm not really in the top since I'm not (yet) tracked in the leagues. Or maybe that should be considered a bug, since I'm probably not the only one following the link in the email and being surprized of not finding myself when the email says I should be there.

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I don't understand what you mean by "track"? –  Pëkka Dec 13 '10 at 14:05
    
"users with less than 200 reputation are not tracked in the leagues" –  Jürgen A. Erhard Dec 13 '10 at 14:15

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The "top new user" e-mails* are actually distinct from the StackExchange.com leagues.

The major distinction is that only new users can get those e-mails. Your account on Writers is 6 days old, so you were eligible for the weekly e-mail. You'll always be eligible to appear in the week league, regardless of whether you've been in it before.

The idea behind the new user e-mails is to send some recognition of the merit of exemplary new users. We also log this achievement, though I don't believe we display it anywhere at the moment.

*There are actually two kinds, weekly and monthly. Being in either group opts you out of the other, so you don't get a "double good job." We respect the "no e-mails, please" user setting for all of this as well.

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You are actually on the top of the league for new users.

That is, of all new users on that site in that given week, you generated the most reputation.

(yes, it is a bummer that the rep leagues don't show any user with < 200 reputation, but that shouldn't detract from your achievement.)

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