Disclaimer: its just a fun exercise. No personal offense to anyone (or Jon, Darin) including developers of this site.
I have been following this site for last few months and so can be considered pretty new guy considering there are lot of people who have been here since 2 years and more.
One day I was having conversation with one of my colleagues that what is best way to judge who is better technical person out here or in other words:- you have a question to ask, who would you want to approach first in anticipation of best and correct answer?
Many solutions to above problem:
i) The one with highest reputation
ii) The one with highest number of answers
iii) The one with highest number of badges
Well, I somehow disagreed to all of above just because there might be many users on this site who can not spend as many hours on this site as Jon Skeet (highest reputation guy) or there might be many users who have joined pretty late so missed the race of acquiring reputation/bounties.
Considering other solutions to judge may be:
iv) the one with highest average reputation score divided by number of answers: so in other words how many on average reputation earned by individual by giving 1 answer, i.e. average reputation per answer (RPA).
for e.g. mine is 454/36=12.6 Jon Skeet: 317711/14695=21.6 Darin Dimitrov: 201681/10004=20.16
v) Reputation score divided by number of months: in other words how much time (in months) on average I spent to earn reputation.
for e.g. mine is 454/7=64 Jon's= 317711/33 =9627
vi) I wish we have data for number of hours spent by individual on this site which would have given more precise judgment:- reputation score divided by number of hours spent by individual.
There may be many other complex solutions involving the number of questions on a particular tag, amount of reputation earned by answering questions for a particular tag etc.
Well what we are trying to do is as follows: This is pretty good Q&A site for sure. We are evaluating to make it Q&A site for our project where developers (or anybody for that matter) can ask questions to leads. There is one guy who has privileges to create a tag so we can create a special tag and use that tag for posting questions in intra-project. We are trying to make it more entertaining and more collaborative. We are considering awards/incentives for high performers so which is the reason why I need your inputs to judge who the best person might be.
Please note we are only evaluating stackoverflow.com as a sample Q&A platform so may choose some other platform/in-house Q&A site.
Please let me know your suggestions.