How do I determine which user is moving at the fastest pace in terms of reputation points?

I am asking for users who have been at Stack Overflow for at least five months. Any query to be run at Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), any script, how do I know that?

  • 5
    Don't even ask about first. Maybe not second either. There's really no point... May 26, 2010 at 16:56
  • @dmckee: Actually it could be used to create a list of users with crazy high rep gains which might be falsified.
    – Josh K
    May 26, 2010 at 17:08
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    By contrast, if you count gaining negative rep, I'd say that Evan Carroll has sewn up the fastest overall change rate on MSO.
    – beska
    May 26, 2010 at 18:54

3 Answers 3


Jon Skeet.

See this SE Data Explorer query (not by me).

  • Interesting, although it's fundamentally based on a different range for every user. Would be more interesting to see this summarized over a specific time period (i.e. last 3 months). I'll bet that the results are at least a lot closer, especially considering that there was no rep cap in the early days.
    – Aarobot
    May 26, 2010 at 18:28
  • @Aarobot: The rep cap has been applied retrospectively (and there's always been one since I joined).
    – Jon Skeet
    May 26, 2010 at 18:34
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    Query no longer works.
    – ale
    Apr 3, 2018 at 21:07

I imagine that user would be Jon Skeet, the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

(hope I got the quote right)

  • I doubt that he has the current highest first derivative.
    – Rosinante
    May 26, 2010 at 17:41
  • @Rosinante: I suspect I have, actually. Generally on a week day I earn between 260 and 350 rep... I haven't seen any other users with quite that rate. I've seen some close, don't get me wrong... and I certainly wouldn't claim to earn the most on every single day... but I suspect over any given month I may well have the highest rep.
    – Jon Skeet
    May 26, 2010 at 17:51
  • The "any tag" stats page - stackoverflow.com/questions/… - it somewhat indicative, but it doesn't take into account the rep cap, just votes.
    – Jon Skeet
    May 26, 2010 at 17:53
  • @Jon oh, well, wrong again.
    – Rosinante
    May 26, 2010 at 20:28

I would say Jon Skeet because a while ago he made a Twitter update saying "Wow today is the first day in months I didn't hit the reputation cap on Stack Overflow".

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