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At what point do you put your SO reputation in your resume?

As the reputation score indicates the following:

  • how much the community trusts you
  • your communication skills
  • the quality and relevancy of your questions and answers

May we include the link to our reputation to project our skills to employers? If yes, then what we can do to improve our reputation further?

  • See also programmers.stackexchange.com/q/9948/285 - answers mention resumes as well as interviews Dec 14, 2011 at 22:44
  • I find this to question to be more to-the-point than the other 'original' question that is linked to as a duplicate... I would perhaps remove that final questions since, really, it deserves its own post (but check for existing ones first!) Feb 5, 2012 at 0:18

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Given stackoverflow's moves in promoting careers.stackoverflow.com, I would think they would in fact encourage people to make their reputation, indeed their entire user profile, public when dealing with potential employers.

Now this is a big move towards increased online identity transparency. As casperOne noted, users with 10K+ reputation can still see your deleted questions and answers. First off they're not linked to from your profile, so they'd be tough to find, and even if they were, I would hope the very fact that you've deleted those posts is taken into account when checking a user's record on stackoverflow. Also keep in mind potential employers can often find your profile on their own and poke around anyway.

In addition, this should encourage better behavior on stackoverflow because it emphasizes the fact that your stackoverflow user and its record is tied to your - pardon the acronym - 'irl' identity. You should treat it as such.

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    "users with 10K+ reputation can still see your deleted questions and answers" - not directly linked from the profile though, they would have to stumble upon the posts somehow. Feb 4, 2012 at 16:54
  • I did not know that, thanks for the clarification. I'll check out the 'dupe' post too. Feb 4, 2012 at 17:14

Can you? Yes, but it might require attribution as per the CC license (kind of joking, kind of serious on this).

Even though rep is probably covered on the license, I think it would be a huge waste of StackExchange's resources to find all of the places on the Internet (and off) that a user's reputation is used and then somehow get them to not use it.

That said, I wouldn't worry about including it (without attribution) in your resume.

The question you should be asking is do you want to include your rep on your resume? Is what you've contributed here on StackOverflow (or any StackExchange site for that matter) something that you believe is worth exposing to potential employers?

That's a question that only you can answer, given that you produced the content that you are referencing on your resume.

Also, be aware of the fact that 10K+ users can still see your deleted content (questions and answers), so if the person interviewing you decides that they want to dig deeper into your account, there's a possibility of them coming across something you don't want seen, even if you delete the content.

  • Wonder how people down vote and not explain by way of a comment.
    – Kris
    Dec 15, 2011 at 11:29
  • @Kris: As I've stated, voting is anonymous. That said, it's within their rights to do so on Stack Exchange. I don't mind, really. I assume it has something to do with the CC attribution comment, which I've elaborated on.
    – casperOne
    Dec 15, 2011 at 13:18
  • Hmm... These are two different things. There should still be someway to know the why of it, than the who.
    – Kris
    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:22
  • @Kris: Put the mind-reader request on meta, and I'll upvote it =)
    – casperOne
    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:35
  • Wonder if I have to first post "what is a mind-reader request" to know. Honest.
    – Kris
    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:39
  • @Kris: Sorry, I meant the interface between SE and someone's mind; basically, knowing the why is akin to reading minds, who knows? We know why one should downvote something, but that doesn't mean that people do for those reasons. That's just the Interwebs for you.
    – casperOne
    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:41
  • Oh well, I did think it was. It would be nice to provide something like you could sign off your comment as the down voter [for display only]. SE sure can devise a method to effect this kind of a facility.
    – Kris
    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:45
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    I don't see how SE could claim any intellectual property on your reputation. Copyright definitely applies to the code that computes it, copyright applies to the list of everybody's reputation in some jurisdictions, and in some jurisdictions they might be able to apply for a patent covering the algorithm in context, but how does copyright apply to one reputation value? Feb 4, 2012 at 15:02
  • @Gilles Intellectual property rights can be claimed on the output of a process as well as the process itself.
    – casperOne
    Feb 4, 2012 at 16:38
  • @casperOne I'm pretty sure that's impossible in my jurisdiction (it is possible for a patent, but here we're talking about copyrighy). Admittedly my jurisdiction isn't SE's. What in US law can make SE's copyright (on what?) apply to a reputation value? PS Let's move this to chat. The Tavern? Feb 4, 2012 at 16:53

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