What does the number to the left of a tag listed in my profile represent?

number next to tag in profile

  • 4
    Hover over the number. (: Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 22:39
  • 3
    thank you for answering... but damn you for helping me realize my inferiority in the shadow of jon skeet. Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 22:41

2 Answers 2


It means you have a sum of 12 votes for non community-wiki answers on questions tagged javascript

For example:

  • You may have been upvoted 14 times and downvoted twice.
  • You may have another 100 votes on a popular wiki answer on a question tagged javascript ... this is ignored from the calculation

I hovered over the number, and it still took me a few moments to realize what the tooltip was saying. The wording could be better. I believe it was saying:

You answered x questions in this tag, and received total rep of y from those answers.

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  • Note the difference: points form question you asked and questions you answered are listed separately.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 23:06
  • Not completely true: gained rep is not listed, but the total number of votes you received is, like Mr Waffles explains. Commented Dec 16, 2010 at 23:44

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