The candidate score displayed on election pages contains a reputation points component of 1 point for each 1k reputation points up to a maximum of 20.

However, for candidates with less than 1000 reputation points it seems the reputation points are used directly and without capping in the computation of the score, giving very wrong scores.

Example 1: On the currently ongoing Russian Stack Overflow election, there is a candidate with 556 reputation, and the candidate score shows up as "557/40". See screenshot below:

Reputation 556, candidate score 557

Example 2: On the page of the 2014 Mathematics Stack Exchange Elections there are two candidates with less than 1000 reputation points and for them the reputation points seem to be used directly and without capping as candidate score.

For example there is a candidate with 667/40 candidate score; they have 663 reputation points.

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    It does appear to be an issue in 'live' elections; a candidate in the Russian Stack Overflow election has a score of 557/40. Some further digging (+ Google Translate) shows this bug report for the issue.
    – Aurora0001
    Oct 14, 2017 at 17:03
  • It's sad that they're not elected even with 667/40 score Oct 14, 2017 at 17:08
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    To note I think mathematics now have a minimum of 3k to apply for the election. I dont know if its a trend that will generalize
    – yagmoth555
    Oct 14, 2017 at 18:56
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    @yagmoth555 It's 1k, not 3k (which is of course sufficient to prevent the issue from occurring). Only SO requires 3k rep.
    – user315433
    Oct 14, 2017 at 19:45
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    @Desire strictly, it is not sufficient to prevent it down the road as reputation can also decrease over time.
    – quid
    Oct 14, 2017 at 20:14

1 Answer 1


So, in the attempt to fix a different issue, this broke.

All fixed now.

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