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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Why does it incorrectly say I lost 8,000 rep?

How'd this happen? I thought that these votes were old enough to not cause such a significant loss. Due to the daily rep cap of 200, I didn't even gain 8000 rep from that answer which was posted less ...
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Should there be anonymous answers (and questions)?

The question by Joel on Logo got me thinking. This has been raised on UserVoice, but has been declined. Would someone with lesser rep or a less famous name have received the same number of votes/...
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Should the weight of question upvotes be reduced?

After thinking about Should the weight of downvotes be increased? which I declined for the reasons specified in my answer, and Please charge rep for questions after threshold I have a proposal. ...
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Life isn't fair [duplicate]

Recently I answered two questions on SO: The first is a completely trivial answer to a really basic question (kind of "read the manual and follow the one liner example there"). On the other hand, my ...
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Is using reputation to scale the number of close votes the best way?

When we were working on the last se-quality-project, I wanted to introduce something into the review system that I still feel is pretty lacking. There's no way to really track your efficacy as a ...
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What “effects” led to “We’re Rewarding the Question Askers”?

In the We’re Rewarding the Question Askers, which makes me wonder if the number of questions will increase (and as usual, the quality won't follow), it's mentioned (laconically paraphrased): It was ...
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How should low-reputation MSE users express disagreement with a (proposed) network-wide change?

We have come in a very nice discussion over here. While the question at hand is a duplicate, OP raises a valid point: It overwhelmingly affects Stack Overflow where I have plenty of rep points, yet ...
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What happened to this user's rep, badges, and name?

This user is only displaying 56 rep. https://stackoverflow.com/users/2354107/user2638924 But surely (s)he has much more than that. The user has also never given out any bounties. Also, badges ...
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What reputation do you need on Stack Overflow to receive an invite to Careers?

What reputation do you need to have on Stack Overflow to receive an invite to Careers? The site says "Stack Overflow grants new invites to users fitting certain criteria of activity on Stack Exchange ...
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Why does reputation start at 1, and have a lower bound of 1?

If a user is the type of person to consecutively get downvoted to potential negative reputation, so be it. What's the reasoning to maintain a minimum of one? One reason that may justify this is of ...
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Clever bounty reputation hack

I say "hack" in the most favorable light. It's a clever idea and theoretically beneficial. I noticed that an old question of mine suddenly started getting a lot of renewed attention. The question had ...
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Why should I keep answering on Stack Overflow? Observations from a new user

Observations, suggestions and some questions after 4 days on Stack Overflow. I've been hearing about Stack Overflow from more and more people, and it turns up more and more often in my Google ...
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Contribute to bounty?

Similar to "How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else’s question?", but a little less extreme.. Basically, you could "top up" the points of another users bounty (up to the current ...
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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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“Spam Voting” - Should we stop it? [duplicate]

I've had a few concerns over a new form of "spam" - that is, through voting. A while back, I had seen some wild reputation increases to my account, amongst others, that seemingly felt weird - as I'...
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Require minimum reputation on the target site for migration

With all the new sites up and running it gets more and more difficult for users to really know the scope of a site and thus a lot of questions a migrated to places where they are (probably even more) ...
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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 does a new user begin using Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange?

As a new user, I find it impossible to contribute to the community or to even begin contributing. I know why the reputation system is in place and I respect it, but at the same time it is too hard on ...
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Redeem reputation for deleted negative answers?

According to the deleted answer FAQ, if you delete your own answer, and that answer was upvoted, you lose the rep you gained from that answer. However, you don't gain the rep you lost from a downvote....
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Why wasn't reputation loss on downvoted questions doubled as well?

The official reasoning behind doubling the reward for question upvotes from +5 to +10 was - when I understood it correctly - SE (inc.) wants to encourage the community to generate more "good" ...
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Fix serial downvoting reversal to not apply to users spamming site front page with bad answers

The Problem (an example) This user's answers have been downvoted consistently as they are not very high quality. The also tend to come in bursts of nearly 10 often on older questions. They are not ...
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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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No reputation for editing questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do suggested edits work? I have edited a few posts today and the edits got accepted. But, I did not gain any reputation. What could be the reason? https://stackoverflow....
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Notification when my answer is unaccepted?

I just lost some reputation, presumably because someone changed their selected answer from mine to someone else's. Can these losses of reputation be noted on my reputation page similar to the other ...
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Noob questions, simple answers and big rep points [duplicate]

I struggle to pick up rep points even when answering questions and giving good demo's of code via a pastebin - sometimes spending 15 mins+. Then along comes a noob question, for instance What does $ ...
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Opt in “mentor” privilege at 7.5k

I am suggesting a Mentor privilege at 7.5k. It would be on a per-user per-site opt in basis. At some reputation level (perhaps 7.5k) there could be an opt in "mentor" privilege. If someone opts in ...
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-100 Red Flag penalties are sometimes visible

Normally, you can't see them. They are only visible to the user itself. But here are a few cases where you can. I don't think I should be able to see these on other people's profiles. ...
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What is My Rank On Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

How do I know my rank among all Stack Overflow users? Where can I see a list of top users according to their rank on Stack Overflow?
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Why is there a limit on edit reputation reward?

I was wondering why there is a 1000 reputation reward limit for accepted edits. I started to be more active in fixing code indent and other things among SO questions and I was enjoying the fact that ...
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Let me know I have upvotes even after hitting the rep cap

When you cap, you don't see any upvotes you get on your profile, therefore, you don't have any update on how your questions / answers are doing unless you look at them manually. Capping the 200 ...
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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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Does herd behavior influence the SO sites?

Are you influenced by existing votes? That is, if a question or answer has a large number of up votes, are you more likely to vote it up (and similar for down)? The reason I'm putting this question ...
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Should you gain rep for asking a duplicate question?

This is a two in one question: Should the asker of a duplicate question gain reputation for asking the duplicate question? Should the answerers of duplicate questions gain reputation for answering ...
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Notify user when setting a bounty will revoke a privilege

For those who recently acquired privileges through reputation, it would be nice to be notified when starting a bounty which privilege will be revoked if any. Related: Is losing privileges after ...
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How about a message letting us know the reason for large changes to our reputation points? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please notify us when a reputation recalc occurs Last time I logged in to Meta Stack Overflow, my reputation points were over 400. Now it's back under 300, and I don'...
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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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Expanding an event group shows more events than labeled when there are new events

I have six upvotes for the one question with no intervening history. They have been summarised into two groups - one with 4 events and one with 2 events. However, when you expand either, both show all ...
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Is there a system in place to prevent new users asking, answering and accepting answers to each others' off-topic questions?

Normally new users are not allowed to up-vote until they gain a bit of reputation by receiving up-votes or accepts from the community of a site. But this has a weak point that is being exploited: ...
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Can we use something other than reputation as the bottleneck for election primaries?

We recently began the sixth moderator election on Stack Overflow. There is a huge number of highly qualified candidates, and there are 23 overall at the time of this writing. That's great, but there'...
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Do migrated questions migrate reputation and badges?

When a question is migrated, is the reputation earned by its author on the original site subtracted from the author's total? What about votes? Badges? Do the same rules apply to the question's answers?...
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Can a user gain more than 2 rep for editing?

I edited this post and noticed my reputation change from 1466 to 1470 (i.e +4). I went to check my reputation changes and found: Note: My reputation later went down from 1470 to 1468, so it ...
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View *my* deleted question and answer with less than 10K

Note: This is a followup to a followup question (original here), so it is likely missing information on its own to provide the detail necessary. In the spirit of reducing duplication on the SE servers,...
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Bounty amount on reputation tab hardly readable

Today, a bounty was awarded to one of my answers (thanks @gnat); when I visited my reputation tab I noticed that the amount is hardly readable since it's green text on a blue background: Can that be ...
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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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What is the best way to increase my reputation and privileges? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is a stupid question, but here goes anyway... I have only recently started learning PHP and Javascript and I'm reasonably proficient. One of the reasons I'm so proficient is ...
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No points for editing after gaining edit rights?

Before you hit 2000 rep on SO, edits to questions and answers are peer reviewed and if accepted, the editor is awarded 2 points. After you hit 2000 rep and gain the ability to edit questions and ...
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What is the relationship between the paper by May, Wachs, and Hannák (2019) and the recent changes to question reputation?

It seems non-coincidental that the paper by May, Wachs, and Hannák (2019) was published online on the 8-th February 2019, shortly prior to the recent change to question reputation points (13-th ...
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Strange “unupvote” pattern across multiple users

Yesterday there was a large series of "unupvote" events all at 12:08:55Z that affected all of the "top users" on the mathematica tag. This also appears to have affected users in the matlab tag and ...
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How to deal with rep beggars?

Sometimes I read annoying comments asking for, and eventually demanding upvotes or acceptance of some answer. While for the demanding tone I have a clear position (flag!), the usual case is a user ...