I don't know, if this would be possible (at least for next time)? I mean, probably a lot of people don't read the blog (or even meta). These banners are displayed for so many things, so - why not?

  • @Kop: Not everyone does. But I read them, and it would have spared me the shock. :) Mar 22, 2010 at 0:06
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    My rep dropped and I (unaware of the recalc) went hunting to see where I'd been downvoted. I would have liked a banner. +1
    – David
    Mar 22, 2010 at 0:10
  • @chris: yeah i changed my mind and deleted my comment; I think at least some people will read them Mar 22, 2010 at 0:11
  • Duplicate? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42898/…
    – Gnome
    Mar 22, 2010 at 0:14
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    Completed for meta only Mar 22, 2010 at 0:27
  • Oh, but it wasn't me who put it up - I thought jeff did and just marked it completed. Mar 22, 2010 at 0:36

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I put up a banner here on Meta to try and explain the reputation situation. I figure that if they're already here on Meta, they're here to complain, so the banner should save everyone some time and frustration.

  • Thanks! That's better. It still assumes, that people visit meta though (what percentage is it actually? I'd guess, it's rather low (not in absolute numbers of course)?) Mar 22, 2010 at 0:30
  • Can the banner be bigger? It's not helping...
    – SLaks
    Mar 22, 2010 at 0:38
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    It'd get read more (meaning, 10% instead of 5%) if it were up on SO, where it might catch users' eyes a little bit before they notice their reduced rep. Mar 22, 2010 at 0:42
  • Moderators can do that? Cool.
    – Kip
    Mar 22, 2010 at 1:24

I understand the theory, but I am not sure this is a good idea, and I have opted not to do it.

That's because we'd be inviting every user in the system to complain about rep changes, instead of that subset of users who actually care about their rep scores.

EDIT: However, it IS a good idea to do it on Meta! I totally support that, so good job whichever mod just put in the banner here... (smacks self for not thinking of this)

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    How about display it on meta only? Mar 22, 2010 at 0:07
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    Can we make a message come up before allowing them to post if they say "reputation" in their SO question?
    – ceejayoz
    Mar 22, 2010 at 0:09
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    Or a question title tip? "You seem to be asking about lost reputation. Have you read this blog post?" Mar 22, 2010 at 0:10
  • @ceejayoz: great minds... Mar 22, 2010 at 0:10
  • Well, I have joined SO just about a week ago. And when I saw the reputation drop, I first thought: I must have written something massively wrong/bad/?! I was actually - sad. Then as I didn't find, where I may have lost it, I got somewhat disillusioned about SO (a little bit doubting its quality or reliability). For a short moment, I really lost my motivation to post anything ever again. Then of course, I looked at meta and the blog, to find out what might have happened - but not everyone will... Mar 22, 2010 at 0:12
  • or not make it retroactive! I think most people are fine with the change in question vote value, but most people (including me) are very upset about the sudden deductions!!! Mar 22, 2010 at 0:15
  • @Jeff: excellent banner on MSO. I think it'd suit SO very well, and counter the disenchantment that users like chris_l talk about. Mar 22, 2010 at 0:26
  • @Josh - that has it's own problems Mar 22, 2010 at 0:27
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    @Josh: see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42885/… Mar 22, 2010 at 0:28
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    "smacks self for not thinking of this" You should have videotaped that and put it on youtube.
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 22, 2010 at 0:30
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    Some users will simply be upset. Others will go through their posts trying to figure out what happened. Some will come to meta - and at least those users will see the banner. By not posting the message on SO you are creating a poor user experience.
    – user27414
    Mar 22, 2010 at 1:57
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    I'm not sure I understand the idea that putting a banner on the home page would invite criticism from all users. It seems to me that a user that doesn't care about their rep score wouldn't care if it was recalculated, and would ignore the banner. At the very least, a notice should have gone on the profile page on SO. That's the first place someone would go to investigate a sudden drop in rep, so that's where the info should be. Making people jump over to meta for something this major makes for a very poor user experience. Mar 22, 2010 at 12:37
  • I had originally meant one of those dynamic banners that appear once to logged in users, like those "You have earned the Three-Headed Monkey badge. See your profile". This would have the advantage, that they'd also see it once, even if they don't login in the next few days. And that non-registered users won't see it at all. And that it won't be displayed all the time. Mar 22, 2010 at 13:33

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