Why does a user with more posts, but with the same reputation (on a tag) show up on top? E.g.:

rep - post

The first number shows reputation and the second shows the number of posts. If a user creates fewer posts and earns the same reputation like another user with more posts, such a user should be considered more effective and positioned on top of users with same rep. Isn't that so?

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    Hmm, probably the idea is that writing more answers takes more effort anyway. That's probably the most accurate thing that can be said about this, since it's possible that a user gains massive rep from few posts that make it to HNQ. – It's Over Mar 1 '17 at 20:34
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    I wonder if there's a time element involved there too - or simply "bigger numbers float to the top" where there's a tie. Gotta organise things somehow. – Journeyman Geek May 1 '17 at 7:52
  • I really doubt the developers put much, or any, thought into this. (When I sort lists, I usually don't pay much attention to the UX involved. If the company wants, they'll hire UX experts that will skim through stuff and ask the developers to change things.) – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Nov 7 '17 at 9:21

Yes, and no.


One of the problems that has haunted Stack Exchange sites for as long as I can remember, is that some questions will go unanswered, earning OP's the tumbleweed badge.

Taken from StackOverflow (SO):

Tumbleweed badge screenshot

*November 6th, 2017@11:51PM (UTC-09:00) Alaska


You are right in the sense that Shadow Wizard is much more concise and helpful with each of his answers (in accords to the data).


However, since he responds less abundantly, it worsens the SE issue of leaving questions unanswered

The prime example (taken from SO):

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*November 6th, 2017@11:55PM (UTC-09:00) Alaska

One other note:

As M.A.R. said as well, it requires less effort to respond less frequently. It may simply be that Shadow Wizard responded to more questions with relevance than simply being more concise and helpful.

  • my answer is in response to, "isn't that so?" Which is the last line of OP's post. – user281052 Mar 1 '17 at 22:54
  • What's "Bg:"? English is my first and pretty much only language and think I write English better than most English speakers but I do not recall ever seeing that written. Is it a typo? – PolyGeo Mar 1 '17 at 23:04
  • @PolyGeo No, it's an abbreviation for background. It should be double capitalized, but doing so will bring attention to it. – user281052 Mar 2 '17 at 0:23
  • Why not just write "Background:"? Or simply omit that heading? – PolyGeo Mar 2 '17 at 0:24
  • @PolyGeo Writing out the full word brings attention to its length. Omitting it is probably better, but will possibly lead to readers skim reading my answer, and jumping over the background down to my section labelled "Yes." – user281052 Mar 2 '17 at 0:27

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