Jon Skeet was at 95,917 rep on SO just now. What would be an appropriate power to grant him when he reaches 100,000?

(Similar to What happens when Jon Skeet’s reputation exceeds the limit for the data type holding it?)

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    Ability to delete a random user. hides – Randell Sep 12 '09 at 18:39
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    @Randell - or just the @random user ;-p – Marc Gravell Sep 12 '09 at 23:40
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    Who suggested what now? – random Sep 13 '09 at 2:12
  • Community Wiki please. – Harley Watson Sep 13 '09 at 19:18
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    @Henri: Wikified! :) – TrueWill Sep 14 '09 at 4:04
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    How about a "GoSpendSomeTimeWithTheFamilySlashFriends" badge :-) – user14860 Sep 24 '09 at 6:31

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A Hall of Fame badge would be a nice.

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    This is a pretty nice idea. There should be a limited number of them, though, or maybe Jeff could just hand them out for really notable achievements when he feels like it. – Bill the Lizard Sep 12 '09 at 18:46
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    But it would have to be a platinum badge. – Vinko Vrsalovic Sep 13 '09 at 0:53
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    Why would you need a badge for this? Your rep/score is show everywhere anyways so isn't it redundant? – Kelsey Sep 13 '09 at 15:32
  • @Kelsey, your question would probably apply to all other badges as well. – Randell Sep 13 '09 at 16:14
  • @Kelsey: are you saying we don't need no badges? ;) – TrueWill Sep 13 '09 at 16:45
  • @TrueWill: perhaps just not badges based solely on a Reputation # – Michael Haren Sep 13 '09 at 18:11
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    @TrueWill: Badges? BADGES?! We don't need no stinkin' badges! – Powerlord Sep 17 '09 at 18:37

How about the ability to hide exact rep, changing it to just display "Lots"?

In all seriousness, I wouldn't want any time or energy spent on this - at least not for the next year or so. In a year's time we might almost be into double digits for 100K users... I'm sure there are better things Jeff and the team can do with their time1.

1Like buying and reading C# in Depth multiple times.

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    "buying and reading multiple times" is ambiguous. To clarify, it should be buying multiple times and reading multiple times. :) – xmm0 Sep 12 '09 at 20:27
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    A 'lots' rep would be cool. – Paul Nathan Sep 12 '09 at 21:26
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    Buying multiple times is the only thing that matters. Reading is not of the essence. – Vinko Vrsalovic Sep 13 '09 at 0:53
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    Like buying and reading C# in Depth "Lots". There I Fixed It For You. – dlamblin Sep 14 '09 at 8:49
  • We have Lots, Lots ^2 and Lots ^ Lots, the latter should not be confused with Lots & Lots. – Tim Post Mar 6 '11 at 4:15
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    @Tim Post: Lots ^ Lots == 0; Lots & Lots == Lots. – Mechanical snail Aug 27 '11 at 3:52

If 10k allows you to see deleted posts, maybe 100k should allow you to see posts that haven't been posted yet. Not sure how you'd code it, though ;-p

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    Don't worry, Jon himself is able to code it. – xmm0 Sep 13 '09 at 10:21
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    @Mehrdad: The code is provided in an answer to a question which will be asked at a later date. Fortunately we've been able to use that code to implement the feature, allowing us view the code. I'm thinking of changing my name to Kyle Reese. – Jon Skeet Sep 13 '09 at 22:01

Cake .

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    The cake is a lie. (Someone had to say it!) ;) – TrueWill Sep 14 '09 at 4:07

All your base?

(Obviously they are belong to us already really, but this would just make it formal.)


A big red button that executes a DROP DATABASE StackOverflow statement on the database.


I agree with TheTXI, the only level that is left is moderator, and I do not think completely moderator power should be gained simply based on achieving a certain level of reputation. Moderators have powers needed to oversee the site, and I cannot imagine giving that authority blindly to people of a certain reputation level. As you gain rep you can vote to close questions, but moderators can close with one (among other things) and that to me is a power that the SO team should be in control of, not the rep system. The rep system works well, but it is not flawless; eventually someone would reach 100k that could seriously hurt the site.

  • There is the possibility that Jon might not want moderatorship, either... – Rowland Shaw Sep 12 '09 at 19:07
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    I remember he was originally nominated as one for SO with Marc and turned it down then, citing he felt better answering questions rather then moderating the site. – BinaryMisfit Sep 12 '09 at 19:52
  • Moderator privileges are more than one, a 100k user could get merge questions privs, for example. No need to give the 100k user penalty box access. – Vinko Vrsalovic Sep 13 '09 at 1:03

The only real power that users at 10k don't already have are those that we moderators have, and I doubt there is any point level you would wan them to attain before being granted those.

  • Oh, so there's an indivisible set of mods privileges, I guess JJ Thomson is not very happy with you. – Vinko Vrsalovic Sep 12 '09 at 17:54
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    @Vinko the diamond mod powers has never been a secret. They are document on meta if you search for them. – BinaryMisfit Sep 12 '09 at 18:39
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    @Diago: He didn't say they were a secret. Unless I've been misunderstanding the Pledge of Allegiance all these years. – mmyers Sep 12 '09 at 19:02
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    Wrong! The only real power was the Cornify button :) – xmm0 Sep 12 '09 at 19:55
  • @Diago: TheTXI was referring to mod powers as a single unit. But a 100k user could get, say, merge question privs only instead of the whole mod package. – Vinko Vrsalovic Sep 13 '09 at 0:56
  • Oh, just got it. indivisible != invisible – Vinko Vrsalovic Sep 13 '09 at 1:05

shares of stock in the company?


100.000 points should give you bragging rights.

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    I thought it ... does ... give you bragging rights. – EvilChookie Sep 13 '09 at 3:34

The ability to create one new badge that he gets to define the "achievement rules" for. This would be subject to moderator approval, of course.


Isn't it enough that they get to see the SO kill screen, do you want a Steve Wiebe badge too?


To flag an accepted answer to questions abandoned by the poster.

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    This suggestion has come up before in a few different forms, such as meta.stackexchange.com/questions/18312 It usually doesn't go over too well – Brandon Mar 2 '11 at 20:50
  • appreciated, realize now that the count is just a metric – Brandon Mar 2 '11 at 21:07

A think something like this:

add all user rep then add to User #22656;

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