Sorry for the heavy edit, the community comments made me understand that I asked the wrong question (maybe just in the wrong way).

Some time to think about this made me realize the real question I wanted to ask was slightly different:

Should I invest my reputation (offer a bounty) for someone else's gain?

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    "How should I see investing my reputation points for my day job?" Don't. Apr 4, 2012 at 12:32
  • I believe you should NOT treat reputation as a job reputation. It's fun, like playing football without getting hurt... Not an "investment".
    – user173320
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:32
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    So, you have a problem at work. You ask on Stack Overflow and get a free solution. And you expect your employer, who pays you to do the actual work, to also put a bounty on your question (or otherwise reward you)? Well, you can always ask them...
    – yannis
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:41
  • @BoltClock straight and effective. Should have been an answer, not a comment.
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:41
  • When you will be active enough and gain enough reputation you will be invited to careers.stackoverflow.com - in there the reputation becomes integral part of your CV. Example of my CV - that's the closest you will get to "value of reputation in real life" Apr 4, 2012 at 12:43
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    If anybody gets to this stage, they should click on the down arrow next to their username in the top bar, click "log out", turn their computer off and go outside for a bit.
    – tombull89
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:45
  • @YannisRizos my employer has a problem and asks me to solve it. If he had some reputation points he should spend them to solve the problem faster. Let's make a not so real life example: my boss pays me per work hour. Bounty = problem solved in 1h, I gain 10$, I lose 100 rep. No bounty = problem solved without help, solved in 10h, I gain 100$.
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:48
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    I'm fighting the urge to post a simple three letter word, consisting of the 23rd, 20th and 6th letters of the alphabet.
    – CHM
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:55
  • I realize also this question has a personal nature and maybe shouldn't have been asked.
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 13:04
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    @Gabber I don't think that's going to work, but it's something you'll need to discuss with your boss. If one of my team members came up with such a proposal, I'd deny it, but I'm not your boss and I have absolutely no idea how your boss will react. All I can say is that I think it's a terrible idea...
    – yannis
    Apr 4, 2012 at 13:26
  • @YannisRizos In the end I think you are right. Maybe the best thing would be my boss investing his rep to help me solve the problem to keep the project going... If he had some points. The problem is that reputation for me is precious, as it represents gratitude... Maybe I should show more gratitude in the first place
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 13:37
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    If you die in Stack Overflow you die in real life
    – Ben Brocka
    Apr 4, 2012 at 14:07
  • Only if you also benefit from it. I've used my reputation for bounty several times solving difficult problems in order to complete a project I was working on more quickly than if I had worked out the answer myself. Ostensibly my clients benefitted from my reputation. However, I also directly benefitted. My clients know I can either figure out the difficult aspects of a project, or have the resources to figure it out. I'm being paid for the work I'm doing. The more time I save in a given project, the more projects I can handle and generally the more compensation I get.
    – Pollyanna
    Apr 4, 2012 at 14:22
  • Well, maybe not a good questions, but good feedback anyway, thanks! I really appreciated the non angry answers (and replies)
    – Gabber
    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:52

4 Answers 4


Most users answer questions as a hobby as new questions create more curiosity and research. More research means more knowledge. So ultimately the knowledge you have gained by asking or answering questions should matter in your life, not reputation. Knowledge should be your main reward.

Of course, Reputation is a measure of trust. Reputation is money, You can buy good answers with it. But reputation shouldn't matter as much as knowledge when it comes to your life.

So offering a bounty shouldn't be a bad idea if you are rich (high reputation) and if you wanted to ask a question similar to it.

  • Thanks for answering without hatred.
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 13:12
  • You are most welcome. but why do you say "without hatred"? Apr 4, 2012 at 13:15
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    @ahmedtabrez because there were a lot of negativity in the comments above, and your level-headed response was appreciated. +1
    – Shawn Chin
    Apr 4, 2012 at 13:17
  • Glad you appreciate.... thankyou Apr 4, 2012 at 13:18
  • I could have said "kindly"... but the edit time has expired.
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 13:20
  • LOL. That's not at all a problem... Apr 4, 2012 at 13:22
  • great answer, knowledge is what we all are here for, reputation is an additional thing. Apr 4, 2012 at 18:12

SO rep should never be taken as a measure of knowledge, experience, ability or self-worth.

For example, I have more rep than Bjarne, Randal, and Guido combined but I cower at their programming prowess.

What you can infer for someone with high rep is that he/she has chosen to invest their time in participating in the site and their effort is appreciated by others.


Why are you trying to commercialize, Reputation?

I value my reputation points very much. Because that amount shows how much community has believed on me so far.

And I don't think it should be regarded as an asset, or an business deal from which you invest, hoping to gain some profit.

If I offer a bounty on a question, I am giving it to get some good answers not rep points.

  • Of course I'm not trying to commercialize my reputation. Maybe I'm not so good at speaking English as I thought, I'll try to edit my question to get to the point.
    – Gabber
    Apr 4, 2012 at 12:52

Reputation has no monetary value outside the StackExchange network. Unless you are able to turn bragging value into hard cash.

Inside the value is explained on this page.


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