As we all know (blog post, explanation), Stack Exchange 2.0 Meta sites "inherit" reptuation from the main site, which works out great for privileges, community transferability, free down-votes, etc.

We also know that users on Meta gain "ghost" reputation, which really only comes into play on badges and on the user's profile "Reputation" tab.

Is there any way to view lists of the top Meta users? I believe this would be useful to find historically helpful answers as Meta SE sites grow to significant sizes.


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Per site metas now have this Participation tab on the Users page which shows the top/most involved users of the site. The rankings on this (according to the tooltip on the tab) are worked out via:

Users most active on this site in the last 60 days (combined number of posts, votes, comments and edits).

  • Great feature, thanks! I noticed this a couple months ago when Workplace opened, but had totally forgotten about this old question.
    – Nicole
    Jun 23, 2012 at 17:29

I asked this question because I'd like to know if there is any way this is (or could be) built into the site. However...

The Data Explorer can be used to analyze users/questions/answers since it has access to the per-site Metas.

So, I put together Top users by calculated rep to give a rough calculated rep for this purpose:

Programmers Meta: enter image description here

  • Oh, phooey. I was just about to suggest Data Explorer for calculating what the assumed reputation would be. Well, guess you already know about it, so it puts a bit of meat into your request.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 9, 2011 at 16:57
  • @Grace Note - sorry, I didn't mean to be disingenuous in my question at all. I just didn't want to include an answer in the question either...
    – Nicole
    May 9, 2011 at 17:01
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    @Renesis: It's okay, this is proper -- there was no way to tell this was going to be an immediate-self-answer-question. :)
    – Jon Seigel
    May 9, 2011 at 17:04
  • This is incorrect. I am not top user everywhere. Please fix.
    – user1228
    May 9, 2011 at 17:40
  • What @Jon said, Renesis. This was entirely proper and I wouldn't have called that disingenuous. Otherwise, I'd've had stronger words than "phooey", I imagine. ♪
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 9, 2011 at 18:06
  • What you could've done is left a comment saying "I'm about to self-answer this with a SEDE query." But yeah, no big.
    – Pops
    May 9, 2011 at 18:57

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