On the user's tags page (e.g. https://stackoverflow.com/users/1/jeff-atwood?tab=tags), I think labelling (via tool-tip) the number next to the tag as 'total score' is misleading. It is apparently calculated by the number of votes the answers provided by a user has received, however reputation is also referred to as 'reputation score' in the tool-tip. I wondered why my score for certain tags was not higher as it should score 10 for a voted answer.

I think replacing score from the tool-tip text to would be clearer, for example 'total votes'.

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I would like to fix this, however "total votes" is not working for me ... it could mean the total number of votes OR total of the votes.

  • How about "vote total" or "votes score"? – Gnome Sep 16 '10 at 8:16
  • Well, all of the questions on the frontpage have their "votes" displayed and labeled as such, even though "score" is the correct term (upvote minus downvote) so I don't think this is a issue – Yi Jiang Sep 16 '10 at 8:22
  • I like "vote total" – waffles Sep 16 '10 at 10:39
  • @waffles, do you like "vote total" enough that this will eventually be changed? (I still see and was confused by the tooltip text that says "total score" on the top users page. – Kirk Woll May 30 '12 at 23:23

I agree that "Total Score" is misleading. How about "Vote Count"?


Maybe they can provide an AJAX tool-tip with a question mark linking to a description of the metric. The regular HTML tooltips are a little awkward, they're not as friendly / reliable as AJAX ones and also can't provide a contextual help link with more information.

I guess I can see how "Total Votes" could be misleading. Maybe "Total Number of Votes". Then again, maybe "Total Number of Unique Votes". This was the point in my line of reasoning where I said - "shoot, they just need to link out to a page explaining it".

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