Is there a way to view the site without having to look at reputation information?

I do not want to track my rep information 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 Stack Overflow itself, but are there any add-ins or Greasemonkey scripts that do this?


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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.


For anyone still looking for a way to hide the reputation from (almost) all Stack Exchange Network (including Stack Overflow).

I have created a JavaScript script on GitHub for the Tampermonkey extension using Chrome, but it should work as well for other browsers.

Here is a script (if GitHub is down for some reason):

// ==UserScript==
// @name         Hide Reputation
// @namespace    https://gist.github.com/
// @version      0.1
// @description  Hide Stack Exchange user reputation.
// @author       oussama.badr
// @match        https://stackoverflow.com/*
// @match        https://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==

(function() {
    'use strict';

    var allRepDivs = document.getElementsByClassName("-flair");
    for (var i = 0; i < allRepDivs.length; i++) {
        allRepDivs[i].style.display = 'none';

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; }"

It's not an option for the entire network, but IMHO worth mentioning: MathOverflow just implemented this by default: Reputation and badges are no longer visible next to the users' names, with a (currently broken) option to opt out. Who knows, it might evolve to a (hopefully opt-in) feature on other sites in the network.


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:

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


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
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 14:55
  • @Yuck If there answer is correct and they already have a reputation, why shouldn't they? Commented Oct 26, 2011 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
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 14:59

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