- Reputation is no longer shortened in iOS and Android apps as in my example image enter image description here

Because it is not informative, especially for the users, having not a lot reputation (me on SO - 1,185 rep). My reputation behind my answer or question showed as "1k". SE sites starting to add "k" after 9,999 rep, and app - after 999 rep. It would be better if app has the same >9,999 rep to show "k" instead of thousands.

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    Might want to specify which app you're referring to, or maybe add both apps' tags if you happen to know this behavior is common to both. May 5, 2014 at 19:47
  • Official StackExchange app.
    – nicael
    May 5, 2014 at 19:48
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    Right, but there's one for Android, and another for iOS. (I'd bet that both to behave the same.) May 5, 2014 at 19:49
  • @NickStauner android.
    – nicael
    May 5, 2014 at 19:50
  • just looked at some screen shots, it currently looks the same on ios and android, so the request should probably apply to both. May 5, 2014 at 19:52
  • @RaphaelMiedl thanks for retag.
    – nicael
    May 5, 2014 at 19:53
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    generally it's been requested that ios and android be tagged separately, in case one gets completed before the other
    – mhlester
    May 5, 2014 at 21:07
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    Yikes! There goes....93% of your rep!
    – mhlester
    May 8, 2014 at 7:07
  • Only 69 more upvotes and I'll get back my rep ))))
    – nicael
    May 8, 2014 at 13:18
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    According to Benford's Law, the most common leading digit — about one third of the time — should be 1. Therefore, a good UX guideline would be to start abbreviating not at 1k or 10k, but at 2k or 20k. May 9, 2014 at 9:03
  • Riiight, if the purpose of the k were something more than abbreviation. That's all it is though. Although I'll admit one thing I was looking forward to about hitting 10k was the abbreviated display
    – mhlester
    May 9, 2014 at 13:55

2 Answers 2


Update: This is also now implemented on Android as of version 1.0.35, we no longer trim any reputation count less than 10k and we don't trim reputation at all on the "Users" page.

This is finished for iOS. The app is using the website's behavior:

  1. We are no longer shortening badge count anywhere. As was said strlen("9900") == strlen("9.9k") and kerning (don't forget kerning) would only really save you a few pixels.
  2. We only shorten reputation when we're space constrained. That is, in the menu and below posts. Below posts is really space constrained and even shortened posts will look bad.
  3. Reputation below 10,000 is rendered in long form with a comma. Users in this camp don't have 1000 badges.

Here's screenshots:

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Jon Skeet happy

Still a problem I'm ruminating on:

Jon Skeet sad

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    Now that the app is out your goal should be to have enough rep on Meta that you can recreate the edge conditions here yourself. May 9, 2014 at 0:30
  • Khm. Which reps?
    – nicael
    May 9, 2014 at 4:57
  • @nicael Probably about what mhlester described. Looking forward to that 0.35k bounty. May 9, 2014 at 5:04
  • Suspect you are planning for iOS app first. But I am on Android, so, please, don't forget about android app.
    – nicael
    May 9, 2014 at 5:16
  • @nicael don't worry, Android is going to get it too. May 9, 2014 at 18:25
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    Maybe instead of all those badges you can just say lots ;)
    – mhlester
    May 9, 2014 at 18:39
  • When will be Android app updated?
    – nicael
    May 9, 2014 at 20:04
  • @nicael I believe it is already on it's way to the play store. May 9, 2014 at 20:22
  • Perfect. Except... Why is it space instead of comma as a delimiter?
    – nicael
    May 9, 2014 at 20:28
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    Could you just drop the time from posts that are > 1 year old if space is an issue? E.g. leave it as "Edited Jan 16 '12".
    – Troyen
    May 9, 2014 at 20:41
  • What happens when Skeet earns another 4400 bronze badges?
    – Yakk
    May 27, 2014 at 14:12
  • I think you mean "keming". May 29, 2014 at 17:49

There are a number of different places where reputation is displayed. I understand the need to be more concise in the app with its smaller screen, but currently it's shortened everywhere. It should be taken on a case by case basis. My thoughts:

No Yes

Post "signature" - I think this one should stay truncated. Depending on the number of badges and the timestamp, a larger display may be dangerous

I've given this one more thought. The only situation where it doesn't fit, is when there are literally thousands of badges. Nobody has that many badges between 1k and 10k, so I can't think why it should be different from the website

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Sidebar (exclusive to iOS app) - Absolutely not. It's so cramped already. There are some pretty long site names. Also, the value there is cached, so could be far out of date.

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Profile page - This is where I'd like to see not just a longer amount (10k vs 1k), but rather show the full reputation (10432). As it is, there's no way to see true reputation, and I think that's valuable. Especially for self-navel-gazing. I think it's important to be able to see that information somewhere

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Anywhere else I'm missing?

  • where do we have reputation in a sidebar? I can't find it. May 5, 2014 at 20:59
  • ah nvm, I only compared images of question/answer screen shots of the android and ios app earlier, which infact behave the same way with rep shortening. Profile page seems to behave different and android app doesn't show rep in the sidebar at all. May 5, 2014 at 21:04
  • added screenshots, but yes, looks like android doesn't have that
    – mhlester
    May 5, 2014 at 21:06
  • Anyways, I agree with you on the profile page and find it weird that the ios version doesn't show the full rep whilst the android version does. I don't agree on the post signature tho, if even Jon Skeet got enough place for his rep/badges I think we should at least show up to 9,999 rep without truncation. Both screen shots taken in portrait mode on htc one so probably one of the bigger screens, but still. May 5, 2014 at 21:32
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    Here be breakage: i.stack.imgur.com/7HqEI.jpg (don't know why image uploaded got blurry. Sorry bout that)
    – mhlester
    May 5, 2014 at 21:36
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    100% agreement from me for changing it in these locations. The post signature one will be a bit tricky on Android (due to lots of different screen sizes) but should be fine on iOS, I think. May 9, 2014 at 0:27
  • Consider though @Kasra, this request only changes the signature for 1000-9999 reputation users. Most badges being tag badges, nobody at that low level has enough to cause breakage
    – mhlester
    May 9, 2014 at 1:03
  • In fact, 9900 is no more characters than 672k, so why make it 9.9k?
    – mhlester
    May 9, 2014 at 1:04
  • In fact, 9900 is no more characters than 9.9k )))
    – nicael
    May 9, 2014 at 12:38
  • Oh! Counting! Hard
    – mhlester
    May 9, 2014 at 13:40

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