Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 155 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

There's a fancy new link in your profile page that shows when you're in the top X% of some bracket - week, month, quarter, year, and all time. Though, I haven't seen week and year myself.

What determines which bracket you're in, though? I originally figured it would be the highest bracket, but the #1 and #3 users on Gaming are shown as top 1% overall, while player 2 only is shown as top 1% this quarter.

It's not whichever bracket you are highest ranked in, either (as player 2 happens to be the #1 for this quarter). Fabian is listed as top #1 this quarter, but his quarter rank is 4th, which is less than his month rank of 3rd.

share|improve this question
    
I thought it was your best stat too, but that was only through checking my profiles. – ChrisF Mar 1 '11 at 22:49
    
Top X% this week: gaming.stackexchange.com/users/4393/resorath; as regards top this year, keep in mind that right now quarter == year. – badp Mar 1 '11 at 22:51
    
I really don't understand how that works, on gaming I'm in the top 1% of the quarter while I'm easily in the top 1% overall, on skeptics I'm in the top 6% of the month (the site exists for 5 days) while being #1 with 300 rep lead on the next user. – Mad Scientist Mar 1 '11 at 23:12
    
@Fabian I've noticed that for all of the Stack Exchange sites created in 2011, they don't show any brackets larger than the month. – Grace Note Mar 1 '11 at 23:13
    
Well, the reputation leagues on skeptics still return a 404, I don't think the whole thing is designed for sites that just barely started – Mad Scientist Mar 1 '11 at 23:17
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I did a somewhat related investigation here.

http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/81255/156011

From a black box observation, it is clearly the BEST % (percentage). Dissecting only one case

Fabian is listed as top #1 this quarter, but his quarter rank is 4th, which is less than his month rank of 3rd.

  • month rank #3. Last page of ranking has user #116, so he's 3/116.
  • quarter rank #4. Last page of ranking is up to user #514, so it's 4/514.

Clearly the 4/514 ranks higher, without calculating the decimals.

Okay I'll bite and take another case. raven-dreamer is #1 this quarter, and #2 overall. Without going into details, the #1/(users ranked in qtr) > #2/(all users).

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .