The rep game at stackoverflow is intriguing and fun.

Which SO user acumulated rep faster than any other user. Let's take several "quickly" windows of say:

  • 1 hour
  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 1 year

What user earned reputation fastest in the given period and what can the gain be attributed to (eg: a great question, a great answer, lots of one or the other, etc...)?

You needn't answer the whole question. Perhaps your answer only addresses one of the period windows or perhaps it addresses a particular tactic.

Disclaimer: I am halfway through a bottle of Shiraz as I ask this, so don't take your answers too seriously.


Have a look at the tags-stats-page without any tags selected. It displays the number of votes.

Top answerers

Last 30 Days

1536 313 Jon Skeet
_962 358 Jonathan Sampson
_902 272 Alex Martelli
_874 350 Pekka

The first number represents the number of upvotes - downvotes and the second the number of answers.

  • Hey, neat! I didn't know you could list those stats with no tags selected. – Greg Hewgill Jan 19 '10 at 21:52
  • I think it is more useful to look at the 0 to x numbers. Looking at your figures is useless since that encompasses more than a year of answeres and questions that can be upvoted. – tim Jan 19 '10 at 22:10
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    I don't think the link works anymore. – Iterator Nov 2 '11 at 1:20

Well, Jon certainly wins on the year scale, so he'd be a good bet at any scale. Alex Martelli is catching up at a frightening rate, though. Taken more granularly: anyone who has won a 550 bounty. I don't think I have. I'm pretty sure I've gone well into the 500+ in a day, but only with bounty. My best without bounty is just under 400, but I'm pretty sure this has been beaten by Jon and/or Alex.

  • 400? Are you sure there's not an extra 0 in there? Impressive, I congratulate you, sir! – alex Jan 19 '10 at 20:49
  • I've slowed down though; these days I'm more-or-less averaging only 215. – Marc Gravell Jan 19 '10 at 20:52
  • That is not slowing down, trust me, especially with 100k+ next to your name. – alex Jan 19 '10 at 20:53
  • you're right about Martelli. That guy's track record is alarming! – grenade Jan 19 '10 at 20:58
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    I thought you'd done about 420 in a day before now... I think my best is about 470. – Jon Skeet Jan 19 '10 at 21:07
  • @Jon - quite possibly; I wonder if the data-dump would tell me, but to be honest I can't be bothered to check ;-p – Marc Gravell Jan 19 '10 at 21:26
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    350 answered and ~6000 rep, I'm doing something wrong (apart from the obvious idiot factor) – Chris S Jan 19 '10 at 21:36
  • @Chris - if you do the math, as a per-answer rate that is about the same as me/Jon/Alex. – Marc Gravell Jan 19 '10 at 21:40
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    @Marc: I have a program which will fetch one day's data at a time ever 100ms or so (to avoid spamming the server). It then logs the totals. That ignores your own downvotes, mind you. I may run it on me, you and Alex to have a little look... – Jon Skeet Jan 19 '10 at 22:37
  • I look at some rates when first setting up stackql, and Alex had a higher "velocity" than Marc, but still lower than Jon. It looks like he may still be accelerating, though. – Joel Coehoorn Jan 23 '10 at 2:54

In 1 year, the answer is obviously Jon Skeet.
(I'm guessing in the other windows also)

It can be attributed to him knowing a lot of stuff

  • Just checked your profile. LOL at the downvote and close remark! – grenade Jan 19 '10 at 21:00

Well, as mentioned elsewhere I'm kind of cheating here, since I got one of the lucrative 550 bounties ;-)

But my records for reputation:

  • 1 minute: 550 ;-)
  • 1 hour: 580
  • 1 day: 620

I'm not going to put the rest down, since it there are bunches of people average in the thousands of rep per week. Jon Skeet for example has a lifetime average of about 300 per day.


The answer to this question has to be the easiest way to get 1700 rep - if it was trickled over time. Make a populist soundbite statement, +N2 rep

  • @grenade Yes that answer my mistake – Chris S Jan 19 '10 at 21:28
  • that was a spectacularly well placed, 11 word, answer. – grenade Jan 19 '10 at 21:32
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    Sometimes you just get lucky. :) – Greg Hewgill Jan 19 '10 at 21:45

This legendary answer from bobince earned him over 900 Rep, probably in just a few days. Maybe it isn't the fastest Rep growth (due to the Rep cap), but I think it's certainly the fastest accumulation of upvotes.

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    shame about the community wiki, that would have been epic. It's funny, if it had been possible to vote on revision comments (stackoverflow.com/revisions/1732454/list, "i done made another mistake-up"), bobince would have got another 1k rep on that answer. – grenade Jan 19 '10 at 21:40

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