Is there any way to view the site without having to look at reputation information? I do not want to track my rep info or see anyone else's. I think that'll let me focus more on the questions themselves. Is anyone else interested in this feature?

I don't see anything on SO itself, but are there any add-ins or Greasemonkey scripts that do this?


I guess the best you can do is get Sampson to write or write yourself a Greasemonkey script.

The main cause of SO's addictiveness is rep and competition over it, so I doubt they'll willingly waste effort in offering an option to hide it.

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You could add something like this to a browser extension (in this case Chrome):

else if (/^https:\/\/meta.stackexchange.com\/.*/.exec(url))
    style = ".reputation-score { display: none; }"

Or if you don't want to know anything about the person:

    style = ".user-details { display: none; }"
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While really far from a full solution, at least you can hide your own reputation from the top bar if you keep your window narrow enough:

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See how a wider window instead shows your own reputation:

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Mind that there is however a site counterquirk by which your own reputation will still suddenly appear if changed, even using the narrow view originally not showing reputation:

enter image description here Once reloading the page or loading another site's page, your own reputation will be hidden again [at the top bar].

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    Please don't use external image hosting services. This makes it much more likely that the images will at one point vanish. – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Sep 14 '19 at 14:02
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    @john I just replaced them in a suggested edit with versions hosted on stack.imgur. I just simply copied the url of your old image into the add image box. No errors at all, so I bet you're doing something wrong when you run into size restrictions (or your host already compressed the images). – Luuklag Sep 16 '19 at 14:51

Reputation is one of the metrics I use to determine the value of the answer or question. With this I mean I am more likely to vote someone up with more reputation, and also more likely to answer their question. Ignoring the gaming this is one of the most important metrics I use when determining how or where value is added in a particular tag/question. Hiding it defeats that object for me.

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    This is bad, IMO. It allows users who reach some critical mass to gain upvotes simply on past merit. – Yuck Oct 26 '11 at 14:55
  • @Yuck If there answer is correct and they already have a reputation, why shouldn't they? – BinaryMisfit Oct 26 '11 at 14:56
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    It results in accelerating returns. I've seen good answers from users with less than 1K rep receiving little attention in favor of users with less complete - though still valid - answers. It's clearly a psychological result of those voting. This isn't a complain per se. Just an observation. – Yuck Oct 26 '11 at 14:59

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