Seems like a stupid question, but I'm after a nice solid answer if possible.

I joined SO a while ago to ask the odd question, but recently I'm starting to use it more often.

I've been reviewing the 40 max items (20 first posts/20 late answers) per day, and editing anything I see wrong with them (lots of +2's)... flagging them... etc.

I've also been using my max 40 votes per day.

But other than commenting where I can and answering the odd question, I'm only slowly gaining rep (1k at the moment).

I might just be overeager, but I was hoping some high-rep users might be able to write a little something on how they earned their stripes?

I've searched Meta, and to be honest I was hoping I'd get a hit, because it sounds like a stupid question... anyways, here you go!

Also, I'm not referring to how to gain rep on Meta, since it's a bit of a fluke I've earned the rep I have on here. I'm asking about main SO.

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    And there's meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21463/…
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:49
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    There is no special way to gain rep. The best (and correct) way is to ask really good questions and to give really good answers to other questions.
    – JonW
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:49
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    P.s. 1k rep in 7 months is not all that bad.
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:49
  • @Bart Nice, thanks for the link! I've also voted to close this. P.S. I think most of it's only been within the last month. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:49
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    Just try to be helpful. Helpful answers beget reputation. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:51

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Ask and Answer Questions! You get:

  • +5 reputation for every upvote you get on a question you asked.
  • +10 reputation for every upvote you get on a question you answered.
  • +15 when an answer you posted gets accepted.

Posting quality answers/questions is the quickest (and also, the best, since you're helping out!) way to get reputation points, and advance with privileges.

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