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I'm really hoping it doesn't scream, "Architecture Astronaut!"

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What does a higher reputation on Meta Stack Overflow than... everywhere else combined... say...? – Grace Note Feb 11 '11 at 19:31
@Grace: it screams, "Process wonk!" – Shog9 Feb 11 '11 at 19:54
It says "Close this question." – Lance Roberts Feb 11 '11 at 20:06
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People like upvoting "soft" questions and answers.

Many of the questions on StackOverflow involve very specific technologies, technologies which 95% of us know nothing about. It's hard to upvote such posts if you don't understand them.

However, every programmer has an opinion about this.

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I got to 10K on Programmers.SE WAY faster than I did on SO. – Robert Harvey Feb 11 '11 at 19:54

My Programmers rep is almost 3 times higher than my SO rep. To me it screams "it's easier to meaningfully answer questions on a site with a smaller audience".

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It means you spend more time on programmers than on SO, and each question gets more "face time" due to the lower overall volume of questions, attracting more votes.

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The questions on Programmers are more general and seem to be more advice oriented. I think it's easier for both answerers and voters to identify with a Programmers question regardless of their main tools of choice. As Robert Harvey said, there are diverse questions on SO that I can't even be bothered to read because I don't use a particular language, would not understand the question, have no hope of answering, and could not use the information in my work.

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