Questions tagged [reputation]

Measurement of a user's contributions to the site, and the extent to which the community "trusts" that user with extra privileges.

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Shouldn't rep gains from old questions & answers eventually stop (or at-least reduce)?

I see profiles of Jon Skeet, BalusC, Mysticial etc and realize that even if they were to go inactive, it'll take years to beat them in terms of total rep, because they'll hit the rep cap every single ...
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Allow users to cast multiple votes with increasing cost

In question 4012, Trey Jackson asks about the practice of casting down votes for all questions that are not your own. His question lead me to wonder about the current policy of allowing only one vote ...
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Is there a way to buy SO reputation? [closed]

Is there a feature by which we can buy reputation on SO (e.g 100 rep for $1)?, or a bot by which we can hack and increase our reputation?
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What is “People helped” and why does it exist at all?

I wonder what is "People helped" (PH) stat supposed to signify. From what I read in Profile Page Makeover, Part 3: the Prototype returns, it stands for cumulative number of views on some (all) of my ...
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How can I find posts related to lost reputation due to a “user was removed” message?

Today I noticed that my reputation got truncated by 64 points, and when I looked at my reputation history, I saw a bunch of lines notifying me of points removal along to a "user was removed" message. ...
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Why there isn't reputation points for successful flagging?

By helping the site by flagging successfully (and therefore gaining higher flag weight), you typically inform that you are able to understand the system and be helpful. Similarly, when you are ...
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What does reputation really mean and do you pay attention to anyone's but your own?

I haven't been here very long, but it seems to me that I frequently see people with lots of badges and hundreds, if not thousands, of reputation points asking pretty simple questions. I don't want to ...
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Who or what is this SO user?

Browsing the user pages on SO I came across user ski - who enjoyed a rep gain of over 4K in the first couple of weeks of November. Doesn't look to be an über-bounty hunter - some of the high-rep ...
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Can we grandfather in rep abilities as sites leave beta?

As Stack Exchange sites are beginning to graduate from beta, they are moving out of the beta rep benchmarks for abilities. This means that almost all users lose some of their abilities. Not a big deal ...
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How can I get all users' total reputation across all sites?

I like how Area 51 shows users by their total reputation across all sites, as an indication of the user's general familiarity with the Stack Exchange format. Is it possible to get a list of all (or a ...
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Shouldn't answering complex questions get more upvotes?

Most of the trivial questions, i.e. the questions answered directly from Google, get the most upvotes when answered. Take for example this question: What does << mean in java? The answers get ...
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View site with a specific reputation value (lower than your own of course) or as a specific user (for mods)

To be honest I find it hard to keep up with all the changes, and very frequently I have to go look at the privileges list to see whether a user (that I'm looking at, so I have his reputation value) ...
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Regain of reputation from downvoted and deleted answers - update FAQ

I have down voted and flagged two answers as "not an answer." Doing so reduced my reputation by 2 (1 for each down vote). It seemed both of my flags were helpful and both answers were deleted. As ...
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Is excessive bounty hunting good etiquette?

I figured I'd confront this question directly, because it's been on my mind since I started answering questions on SO again as a recreation. I've been trying to increase my reputation on SO by ...
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Why is the “user was removed” message so vague? [duplicate]

The message that appears in the reputation tab of a user's profile when they gain or lose reputation due votes disappearing when another user is deleted is simply: user was removed This message is ...
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Reputation History from Data Explorer

Is there a way to get the reputation history for a user in Data Explorer. I know you can do this through the StackExchange API through Reputation Changes. But there's a limit of 10K queries a day (at ...
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Could new users see a notification in the space where the add comment button would be, like “you need a minimum of X reputation to comment”?

I just went to comment on this answer, saying something like "hey thanks that solution worked for me; You know anything about extending it to provide this feature too?" I was confused why I couldn't ...
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At what reputation does a user gain 100% maximum privileges?

While users unlock all possible privileges at 20,000 reputation, their privileges are still "enhanced" as their reputation increases. For instance, An additional delete vote is granted per 1000 ...
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Can we have a flair-like tooltip for usernames in comments?

Sometimes I see comments mentioning edits to questions and I confirm that the poster's reputation is under 2000 before proceeding to make the edit (since I don't want to accidentally clobber his edits ...
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About “Rep changes” and gaming system using them

Ever seen this post? Read it carefully, if you didn't. Mysticial's explanation is great. To summarize the problem: You register, start with 1 rep. You posted an answer that was up voted 10 times, so ...
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Can 10-rep users post images?

Whats the deal with posting images? I've just spent a long time composing a nice post with images and stuff, only to be told I can't post images unless my rep is 10, but my rep is 10 (on Stack ...
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Add a selection of default tags to all metas

Suppose a new user has a question to ask on a new meta site about badges. The meta site is too new to have a badges tag and the user is too new to have enough rep to create tags. It would be useful ...
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Reputation for Closed Questions

should users lose reputation that they gained from a question has been closed. If a question was closed then clearly it didn't follow SO rules, but if people upvoted it before it was closed, the user ...
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How to improve the quality of Stack Overflow questions and answers?

It seems to me (and I don't think I'm alone) in thinking that it should be possible to tweak the reputation/incentives on Stack Overflow to improve the quality of questions and answers, and bring ...
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Make scheduled reputation recalcs to increase transparency

Users keep raising the same questions on Meta after a loss in reputation overnight and have no clue as to why. It would be helpful to have a clear mechanism for recalcs and to leave a tersely ...
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Network profile should list total reputation and badges across the network

Looking at your network profile, there is no number anywhere in your entire profile that has a sum of all your reputation across the network except for the flair page, which isn't always accurate ...
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Should we allow adding rep to bounties to extend their duration?

There are a few variables here that I was thinking about: Spend rep to extend a bounty for a certain amount of time Allow the rep spent to extend duration to add into the original bounty Create ...
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Topbar tells me about a +1 recovered from a deleted DVed post, but detail view doesn't show it

The topbar only tells us about reputation gains (see related issue with lost rep). But sometimes it only half-tells us: The explanation of that +1 is nowhere to be found here. An answer that I ...
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“Newbie” doesn't have enough reputation to talk in chat [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: SO Chat: Why is it that “Only members of Stack Overflow with at least 20 reputation may talk…”? I just tried the new feature to move a conversation to chat, ...
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Has anyone out there tried to stop gaining rep so as to not surpass 10k?

I recently discovered, or possibly rediscovered, that all deleted items are "forced-visible to all 10k users all the time." I never considered rep gain to be something with a downside before, ...
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How do we make sure the hard questions get as much reputation as the easy questions?

I find this question a little more pertinent now, given Stack Overflow Careers and Joel's assertion that reputation is a good indicator of programming ability. The majority of my reputation comes ...
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What does your reputation mean to you? [closed]

Simple question. SO had turned me into a better developer by far, I like to browse questions that strike my interest and curiosity and just read through the answers. I never fail to learn something ...
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Reputation Distribution by Location

Is there a way to find out the users with the highest reputation, in a given location? For example, I want to know who is the highest-ranking user in Argentina. It'd be interesting to find out the ...
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Communities list is counting my reputation wrong on some sites

I have 101 rep on Italian SE and am not suspended there. But the site switcher thinks I only have 1 rep there: I noticed this after I manually chose the sites to go in my switcher. To test this, I ...
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Finding Reputation from Tags

Very simply, I'd like to find out precisely how much reputation I've received from each tag. As it is, I can see the number of tags that I've answered / asked on my profile page under the "tags" ...
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“User was removed” I lost 2 rep [duplicate]

I looked at my reputation history and saw that I lost -2 rep with the explanation User was removed. I searched around and found this question. But then, something doesn't fit in. According to FAQ up-...
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Why is my status bar reputation different from stackoverflow.com/reputation?

After asking a question about my reputation and whether there had been another recent recalculation, a number of responders pointed me to one of the "hidden" features of StackOverflow, the Reputation ...
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No longer earning rep for editing posts

In the last week+ I've edited a lot of posts (through seeing many issues) and earned reasonable rep for it (despite accepted edits in the suggested queue). But, for some reason, I no-longer earn rep ...
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Number of events is not always accurate when rolling up rep by post

Today I hit my rep cap and noticed an odd sum of events for a particular question. Seems like a completely inconsequential off-by-one problem perhaps, and I have seen it before but I think only on ...
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Mismatch Reputation in the thumbnail and the actual Reputation

Actually this was quite surprising. A casual troll in the Users Page revealed few users with negative vote. One example is here Then trying to see what could have causes such a low reputation, I ...
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Can users with less reputation be allowed to chat?

This is something I have faced quite recently. Someone very new to Stack Overflow asked a question, but is not able to communicate properly or exactly understand the answers that has been given for ...
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Merge together all actions of a single user on a question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: New reputation is too verbose: upvote/unupvote, upvote again Update: Feature request: Please merge all the update of one user to one line. Look at this user: https://meta....
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Why do I require 15 reputation to just up-vote something? [duplicate]

I've been lurking Stack Overflow whenever I had a problem for at least the last 2+ years. More times than not, I find my solution (or cobble one together) before I get frustrated enough to have the ...
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Trying to hide spam/offensive deletions on user profiles announces them

If a post is deleted as spam or offensive, the user incurs a 100-rep penalty. But SE made the conscious decision to not call that out on the reputation tab; if you go to the page of a user who's hit ...
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Should the account association bonuses be excluded when calculating totals for chat?

The chat profile for a user includes a reputation total. This appears to be the sum of the reputation from all sites. A few days ago I logged in to a few other sites just out of curiosity, grew my ...
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Reputation changes not visible in the achievement box (again)

Just like yesterday, which was marked as status-completed. But today, it's not working again. I'm still notified of new badges: Update: it looks like new events are now updated; reputation events ...
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Reputation notification of deselected answer?

This was never an issue before, but now I notice it now that I have many answers accepted as the "accepted answer". We receive +15 rep for an acceptance. We receive notification in our reputation ...
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Mortarboard badge not awarded

This is my total reputation for today: I just started my carreer as an active member on the StackExchance sites, so I don't have the Mortarboard badge yet: I am assuming either the 100 rep bounty or ...
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How to deal with people creating two or more accounts to game reputation?

There's been one abusive person on SO that I've been watching, whose reputation was somewhere around 20, which suddenly jumped today to 181. The answer to this quickly became clear, however, when you ...