Once in a while I stumble on some question or answer with HUGE amount of upvotes (thousands for a question and multiple hundreds for an answer).
Here is the perfect example:
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What I found that most of such questions/answers are:
- Quite old (dating back to 2008, 2009, sometimes to 2010)
- Very often these super high voted answers could be googled in 10 seconds in some other resources (meaning that both the question and the answer aren't THAT valuable).
Another thing which I found that there are users (Old timer's) who answered literally one such question 5 years ago. And these users can get more reputation each week doing nothing than a newcomer (like me) answering couple of questions each several days.
So, I decided to investigate a little bit and wrote a query which calculates a ratio of Total reputation / number of posts (Answers + Questions). Here is it:
It's interesting to see how people got into 5k+ with 1 contribution to SO and there are even people with 10k+ (admin rights) with just 10 questions/answers.
Generally speaking, I have nothing against old reputation. However, a person doing nothing for 5 years and still beating me in daily reputation - kind of pisses me off :)
I just want to hear your opinion on this thing. Especially, it would be interesting to hear from other members who become active recently (I understand that for an admin with 30k reputation and thousands of answered questions it's not that big deal that somebody got 7k reputation from one answer).
P.S. 8 years passed since this post. I am old timer now and I can sit and accumulate points (and badges) without doing anything, while some new comers are fighting to get their first 1000 points. On top of that I stopped contributing to SO probably 4 years ago.