I am wondering if anyone has analyzed average reputation points accrued over time.
Given that posting a good answer to a question will accrue a total of x points over a year, I imagine there must be some kind of curve that looks like this, on average:
- first 30% of total reputation points accrued within 12 hours
- add'l 20% accrued hours 12-24 (cumulative 50% within a day after posting)
- add'l 20% accrued days 2-7 (cumulative 70% within first week)
- add'l 15% accrued days 8-30 (cumulative 85% within first month)
- final 15% accrued months 2-12
And I imagine the curve could be somewhat different, depending on different factors:
- Stack Exchange community (Stack Overflow, Meta, etc.)
- Whether the answer was accepted
- Number of upvotes given to the question (within first hour, day, week, etc.)
- Number of answers at time of posting
- Reputation score of the person providing the answer
I'm getting more involved in the Stack Overflow community, and it would be interesting to estimate the total value of my activity, based on the early response.
If I spend an hour answering questions, and a day later I see that I got 50 reputation points from that activity, what's the long-term value? Can I expect it to "grow" from 50 to 80 over the next month, or year? Or to 100? Maybe 150?