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Currently, when I look at the reputation section of my profile I see something of the format top X% <time period>. Okay, cool. However, recently I've been topping the charts at Christianity.SE, but the percentage values seem odd.

For example, yesterday (UTC yesterday) I had around ~400 rep this week. According to the Users page, I was the top user for the week. But my profile just said "Top 4% this week"

Now, today, I'm at around ~500 rep this week, and it says "Top 2% this week." Huh?

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First of all, if i'm the top user, why not just say "Top user this week" - that would not only be more descriptive, it's a nice pleasant reward for a user checking his rep stats.

Second, what's with the arbitrary percentage values? If I'm the top user, I'm in the top 1%, so why not say so? Why 4% or 2%? How is this calculated, and why?

tl;dr, can't the top X% <time period> be "prettier"?

  • Reputation is fluid and most pages you see are cached (i.e. not live data). It wouldn't make much sense to show actual live figures for something so horribly unimportant, top 2% is a good enough approximation. – yannis Apr 5 '12 at 1:45
  • @YannisRizos true, but the Users page is live. As soon as my rep changes it's reflected in the Users page. – Thomas Shields Apr 5 '12 at 1:46
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    Don't get me wrong, I'm a data nerd and I love precision (+1), it's the competitive element in this that I don't really like (-1). So, no vote. ;P – yannis Apr 5 '12 at 1:58
  • @YannisRizos well, I wouldn't mind if it would at least say Top 1%. That makes sense. The "top 4%" seems like a bug, to me. But yeah, I guess the "top user!" could be quite competitive. – Thomas Shields Apr 5 '12 at 2:00
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The leagues only track users with 200 rep or more. Christianity is still a smallish site, so, for example, if only 25 users (with 200 rep or more) earned rep between April 1 and April 5, then even if you were the #1 user that week, you'd still only be in the top 4% of the week on April 5.

  • For a clarification, the top [pct] % this [time-period] stats use as a denominator just users with 200+ rep, or just users with 200+ rep who have accumulated points this [time-period]? – Max Power May 12 '17 at 19:01

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