I found that I am often answering questions from persons who have a 20 or less reputation. This isn't on purpose... most of the time, by the time I write out my answer and finished, I finally realize that the low reputation of the user makes the likelihood of them marking the question as answered low.

Is there a setting that allows me to ignore all users with 20 or less reputation?

  • There is no current feature that would do this. The closest thing to it is the tag ignore feature.
    – Luke_0
    May 31, 2013 at 23:18
  • And other users read your answer and vote up just fine too.
    – Rup
    May 31, 2013 at 23:24
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    This is discrimination, I would never support this feature. We all started low. May 31, 2013 at 23:24
  • You don't. It's that simple. If you want, you can create a browser extension that will filter the questions.
    – user164207
    May 31, 2013 at 23:27
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    You could try your browser's Back button. </snark> Jun 1, 2013 at 0:32
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    I find it quite funny how he did not mark an answer as accepted.
    – Ryan
    Jun 1, 2013 at 1:25
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    @rtainc In all fairness, the question was only asked 2 hours ago and it doesn't seem as if the OP has returned to respond to anything yet.
    – WendiKidd
    Jun 1, 2013 at 1:58
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    It would be funny if this guy got so much negative rep from this that his rep dropped below 20!
    – scrblnrd3
    Jun 1, 2013 at 13:22
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    Who upvoted this??!
    – Luke_0
    Jun 2, 2013 at 17:18
  • I think some people should read this: "meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9953/…
    – anon
    Jul 11, 2013 at 22:38
  • I think people should also stop voting to close for different reasons. If the glove fits fine, but "too opinionated"... on Meta? The previous one was "off topic as doesn't seek discussion as outlined in..". Yes, it does exactly that. Please don't vote to close because you "disagree" with an idea or don't like it etc. Just downvote and move on...
    – James
    May 9, 2015 at 21:26
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    @djangofan - Given your question is essentially requesting to ignore new users (under 20 rep) it seems pretty hypocritical that you commented "I think some people should read this" and linked to a post about "Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?". Ironically, the entire reason you got so many downvotes here is because people care about new users and did not care for you suggesting to ignore them. I know you meant no harm here, but try to consider others. You were new once, and imagine how you'd have felt if before you joined we had a function to ignore new users...
    – James
    May 10, 2015 at 1:39

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No, there isn't, and neither should there be.

We all started out as newcomers to the site. Eventually you learned how the site worked, and along with that comes accepting answers. Is it true that some users are hit-and-run users who are going to ask one question, get an answer, and leave? Sure. But the point of the site isn't to help the user asking the question, or to earn rep for yourself. The point is to build a database of questions and answers that are going to help many people into the future. So if you're answering good questions and providing good answers, you're going to earn more than that +15 accept rep from upvotes when people stumble across your answer in the future.

If the most important thing to you is getting a checkmark by your answer and you think users with low rep aren't likely to accept, you have the free will to choose not to answer those questions. But I think you can take ten seconds to check their rep yourself in order to accomplish that. The dev team isn't going to code a feature to help you ignore what could be perfectly good questions.


We must never forget where we came from. Discrimination against new users entirely and I mean entirely defeats the purpose of the site. So what if they never come back or even say thank you? If one anonymous person can solve even a trivial problem with an answer anywhere on the network, we have done our duty as users of the site.

The onus is on us, those with high rep and the moderators to set a good example to those new to the site and if everyone or even a sizable chunk of us were to do that, then those questions would go unanswered. Besides, I'm sure Jon Skeet won't use such a thing. Think about all the upvotes you're leaving at the table.


As has been mentioned, if you are here to increase your rep, rather than helping answering questions or adding good questions that can attract helpful answers, I think you are missing the point of this site. It is not a competition who can have the highest rep, nor is it an exclusive professionals club (well, that is my understanding anyway).

Not everyone is a coding expert, some are just learning - like in my case, where I am teaching myself Android programming. Sure, you may see us low-rep users as having silly questions, but the question is not 'silly' to the member who posted it, and the answer is obviously not clear to the member.

Being rude to low rep users, and worse still, ignoring them borders on being elitist and definitely not community spirited.


I spent quite a while as a "lurker" on the site to prepare myself to become someone who could provide valuable answers for the community. I did my due diligence in reading what other people asked, what other people answered, and, in general, what the community expected of its members. If I had been filtered out by members who thought that <20 rep users didn't have anything to say, I wouldn't have garnered the meek (compared to Jon Skeet) reputation that I have today. To lump everyone into a group that you would essentially classify as "inexperienced" or "unathoritative" would deprive the community as a whole.


I personally really dislike this idea. However, in the interest of trying to get the Reversal badge, I made a nice and simple user script:

var questions = document.getElementsByClassName('question-summary');

for(var i = 0; i < questions.length; i++)
    var rep = questions[i].getElementsByClassName('reputation-score')[0].innerText.replace(/,/g, '');
    if(rep.indexOf('k') === -1 && parseInt(rep) < 20)
        questions[i].style.display = 'none';

You can get it over at Stack Apps: https://stackapps.com/questions/4131/hide-low-rep-questions

  • How does hiding questions from users with low rep help you get the Reversal badge?
    – WendiKidd
    Jun 1, 2013 at 1:40
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    @WendiKidd It doesn't. I was referring to this question and answer. Jun 1, 2013 at 2:11
  • Noooo -1 because 1. We don't want this to exist! 2. Don't answer just to get a badge... That's gaming the system
    – Doorknob
    Jun 1, 2013 at 12:03
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    @Doorknob I'd imagine you'd have to "game the system" somehow to get Reversal... Jun 1, 2013 at 13:51

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