I was reading in the comments of this question: If downvoting is so important, why does it cost reputation?, and came across the term 'signal-to-unicorn ratio' and I have been unable to find out what it means.

Can anyone explain it?

  • haha i fooled 8 people into lowering their reputation. – Tristanisginger Feb 13 at 9:21
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    voting on questions doesn't cost rep for the voters, so the joke is on you ;) – rene Feb 13 at 10:42
  • doh, I played myself – Tristanisginger Feb 16 at 15:33

It's just a play on the common term signal-to-noise ratio, which here means the number of high quality posts vs. low quality/off-topic posts. Unicorns have many fans under developers (and rightfully so), but have been historically used to derail conversations on Stack Exchange sites, hence they are equated here with 'noise'.

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