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I hovered over the number, and it took me a few moments to realize what the tooltip was saying (still not sure I really understand it). The wording could be better. I believe it was saying:

You answered x questions in this tag, and received total rep of y from those answers.

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The non-wiki thing would be indecipherable to a newcomer. There's a lot of moving parts in the sentences. Score is ambiguous; is that upvotes or reputation? Hard to believe I've averaged less than two rep on each answer in the C# tag.

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IMO, the only thing unclear is the total score thing. That being said, I agree it might be confusing to a new user. – Jon Seigel Dec 16 '10 at 23:19
@Jon: It's confusing to me, and I've been here awhile. But maybe I'm just dense. – Robert Harvey Dec 16 '10 at 23:20

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I am open to rephrasing this but there are a few fairly tricky rules in play.

Community Wiki answers are totally ignored when we assign out tag badges, additionally, tag badges are assigned based on score - that is - number of upvotes minus number of downvotes.

So, the scores we show on the user page, reflect those rules. That way you can tell you are one upvote away from a coveted bronze badge.

I don't really want to change any rules, but am totally open to a better phrasing for this sentence.

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How about You answered x questions in this tag, and received y qualified upvotes from those answers. I'd be OK with the term "qualified" being described elsewhere. But "score" can mean anything. – Robert Harvey Dec 16 '10 at 23:32
For the questions, x questions you asked in this tag received y qualified upvotes. – Robert Harvey Dec 16 '10 at 23:37
then meta will be flooded with "what is a qualified upvote" :) – waffles Dec 16 '10 at 23:39
The biggest problem I have is with the word "score." I think if you replaced that with "net upvotes" it would be good enough. – Robert Harvey Dec 17 '10 at 0:00
"Score" is used in other places on the site and is pretty much accepted terminology; I'm not a big fan of making a new "qualified upvote" term just for this one tooltip – Michael Mrozek Dec 17 '10 at 0:01
@Michael: Is "score" actually defined anywhere? It's not in the glossary – Robert Harvey Dec 17 '10 at 0:02
@Robert, surely you can add it :) – waffles Dec 17 '10 at 0:05
@waffles: I'm not convinced that "score" is a commonly-used, well-known term in the SE universe. Is it? – Robert Harvey Dec 17 '10 at 0:06
@Robert I don't know if it's "officially defined", but it's used to refer to the sum of up and downvotes anywhere that value is important (the tag "top users" pages come to mind) – Michael Mrozek Dec 17 '10 at 0:19
@waffles: I added "score" to the glossary, and clarified the faq question describing all of the badges. – Robert Harvey Dec 17 '10 at 0:28

The question number should be separated out and set before the answer number, then the tool-tips can be separate.

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