I think stackoverflow.com is great, and I would like to contribute. Usually, I find the answers to my questions are already there. I'd like to upvote the best answers and questions, but I do not have any reputation here. How do I get initial reputation?

The canonical way seems to ask a question. Which I hereby did.

Any other suggestions? I'd like to avoid stupid, pointless things (which I already failed to do by asking this question...).


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How to gain reputation points

  • Question is voted up: +5
  • Answer is voted up: +10
  • Your answer is marked as "accepted”: +15
  • You mark an answer that isn't yours as "accepted": +2
  • Suggested edit is accepted: +2 (up to +1000 total per user)
  • Bounty awarded to your answer: +full bounty amount
  • One of your answers is awarded a bounty automatically: +1/2 of the bounty amount (see more details about how bounties work)
  • Site association bonus: +100 on each site (awarded a maximum of one time per site)

You lose reputation points when:

  • Your question is voted down: −2
  • Your answer is voted down: −2
  • You vote down an answer: −1
  • You place a bounty on a question: −full bounty amount
  • One of your posts receives 6 spam or offensive flags:−100

I hope this can help you.

  • Ah thanks for the honest answers. A good summary of the system. Asking the question, even though it was a duplicate one, seemed to have helped my reputation somehow. I have 9 points now, better than nothing (unless I started at 10)!? Unfortunately, my question got downvoted, which certainly did not help my reputation. Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 22:26
  • Great, 2 more points for accepting your answer! Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 22:34

Answer questions, then get upvotes from them. This should also be meta.

See Six simple tips to get reputation fast on any Stack Exchange site

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    Comments won't get you any reputation. Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 9:15
  • "then get upvotes from them" Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 9:46
  • The "them" appear to be pointed on the comments. The whole comments part is irrelevant here anyway, what made you mention this? Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 9:49
  • The "them" was aimed at comments and answers (eg. buy graphics cards, monitors, motherboards, and sell them for a really high price). I was also under the impression that comment-upvotes got you rep. Fixed. Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 9:55

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