If you're a top user, how do you describe your rep on the resume?

I've noticed my SO profile has had "top 2% this year" on 2017-06-24, but 2017-07-29 shows "top 2% this week", which may be a better short-term accomplishment, but is not really something that'd be meaningful in print. (Frankly, I'm honestly not even sure if I've slipped to top-3%-this-year spot, or whether SO just thinks that letting me know that I'm top-2%-this-week is a better and newer rank.)

Is there a way to get a resume-ready percentile ratings for YTD, as well as the prior years? Would probably be useful to have these for the past 4 full quarters, and 12 full months as well.


You could go back to the relevant time periods and do some short math.

Let's say I wanted to know my percentage for last quarter. There should be a prev quarter button in a blue box like this one (remember, we're in the third not second quarter):

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You can go back all the way to the first league ever in Meta Stack Exchange. Of course, you can change what site leagues you want to see. Okay, back to me. I can calculate my percentage within the league with some simple math:

          my rank
-----------------------------  =  MY PERCENTAGE!
number of people in my league

My rank was 63 last quarter. You can simply find the number of people by looking at the last person's rank in the last page for that league. The person in last is at rank 531 so the math would be:

------ = 0.118644068

Multiply that by 100 to get the percentage for 11 percent. Wanna check why that's true? Let's do the same thing for me currently, this time it will be the year. If you check my profile, it says top 0.43% this year.

My rank is 15, there is 3510 people in the leagues last year and the math says:

------ = 0.0042735... which is about 0.0043

Multiply that by 100 and you get 0.43%!

  • That seems too unofficial, cumbersome and lacking adequate proofs. – cnst Jul 29 '17 at 23:07
  • @cnst There's no official way (at least that I know of) but how is there no adequate proof? – Anthony Pham Jul 29 '17 at 23:07
  • I just think it'd be in bad style to manually calculate your rating, especially if it would conflict with the info presented on the official site, meaning, no clear proof that your calculation is actually correct. The whole idea of rating is that they're independent; if SO makes a mistake in their calculation, it's their problem — I did my due diligence, so did the recruiter. I don't want to worry about making a mistake, especially given that the system is closed source, and poorly documented (sorry — but it's true!), so, it's not too hard to imagine that we'd misinterpret the data. – cnst Jul 29 '17 at 23:32

Stack Overflow has a built-in resume they make on their own, it's known as Developer Story.

In there, there is already live display of your rank per tag, which is better and more useful than the overall reputation which doesn't mean too much anyway.

For example, taken from my Developer Story:

Other than that, we don't really have other "resume-ready percentile ratings" that I know of.

  • It depends on your niche, and the rank per tag may not work for everyone. I'd imagine that it won't work for someone's who's just recently joined, too, for example; as well as for generalists that don't really specialise in any one particular thing. Also, the rank per tag may be highly misleading — I'm top-10% for PHP. I met the guy who wrote it, but don't know any PHP at all; I use Go, C and tcsh, for all of which I don't even have any ranking at all on careers. And, sure, being top-1% for nginx is nice for me, but I think that would be too specific and too niche for a recruiter. – cnst Jul 30 '17 at 18:06
  • "more useful than the overall reputation which doesn't mean too much anyway" — I believe that's an observer bias; I'm top-1% nginx (and probably still top-2% overall), which is all helpful; but i'm also top-10% PHP, which I don't claim any knowledge of at all. Even Yelp has yearly-based awards for its most active active users. You can argue that you guys have badges, but all of those don't really mean anything even to most folks who are actual active users at SO, let alone any outsider. A yearly-based top rating is clearly warranted. You wouldn't even need to update it any often, if ever. – cnst Jul 30 '17 at 18:12
  • plus, it would seem that Careers top completely disregards ServerFault — there's more to it than just the name and site rep as a number – cnst Jul 30 '17 at 18:26

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