I'm astonished to see the results of the weekly reputation leagues. It's hard enough to reach 200 in a given day, but averaging over 350 per day for a whole week is unbelievable.

It's supposed to be impossible without the aid of bounty questions or having each and every answer accepted.

It also helps to be toiling in the C#/.NET fields. Together they represent 15% of the million questions asked on SO. But even then you'd have to be a polymath with depth to accomplish this.

It goes without saying that my hat is off to those who regularly top the reputation rankings. Your skills far exceed mine.

What explanations, beyond mere talent, can be offered to explain this? Are there behaviors that I'm not aware of?

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    A single 500 rep bounty adds 71 rep/day for a week, too. Get two of those and hit the rep cap every day, and you'd be nearly 350/day, before counting accepted answers. – Gnome Oct 17 '10 at 14:47
  • How frequent is a 500 rep bounty hit? I'll have to check the data. Thanks, Roger. – duffymo Oct 17 '10 at 14:50
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    Nick is the king of hill right now. He gets a lot of answer marks every day. It takes 10 to get 350 rep per day, he often gets more. – Uphill Luge Oct 17 '10 at 16:19
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    Just a clue: you know the shopping, mountain climbing, promenades with your family, cycling, cinema, video and theater, gardening, reading or sports, restaurants, friends... or, even, work: just stop all of that and spend 20h a day on SO. – Ring Ø Oct 17 '10 at 16:23
  • No thanks, ring0, but great advice nonetheless. – duffymo Oct 17 '10 at 18:33
  • I like your user name. – Ring Ø Oct 19 '10 at 17:19

Accepted answers are not limited by the rep cap. You always get that 15 points.

  • Yes, I think I said that. I'll have to check out the SO data dump and see if that explains it entirely. Why speculate when you have data? Thanks. – duffymo Oct 17 '10 at 14:19

Why do there have to be any other explanations? Basically it's in accepted answers.

Nick Craver in particular beats my rep almost every single day - and it's all through accepted answers, with a very occasional bounty. It's far from unusual for Nick to receive in excess of 500 rep in a day, which is the 200 from votes and 20 accepted answers. I've only done that a handful of times, but for Nick it's a regular occurrence.

Oh, and Nick doesn't have the benefit of many C#/.NET answers - his are mostly on jQuery. Don't forget that a popular field will get more questions but also more answers. It's good to be in a popular field in terms of votes, but not in terms of accepted answers.

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    We'll have to come up with "Nick Facts" – Thomas Bonini Oct 17 '10 at 19:00
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    I'm beginning to think Nick knows more about jQuery than Mr Resig himself. – Andy E Oct 17 '10 at 19:19
  • [ This week ](stackexchange.com/leagues/1/week/stackoverflow/2010-08-09) Nick averaged 504 a day for a week. Looks like an all time weekly record. – Peter Ajtai Oct 17 '10 at 21:07
  • @Peter: Yes, although that week included 700 points from bounties. Without those bounties, I'd have actually beaten Nick that week, just for a change. – Jon Skeet Oct 17 '10 at 21:38

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