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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Lower the rep required to edit community wiki posts (or stop calling them “wiki”)

A requirement of 750 rep to edit community wiki posts seems too high. 750 rep will take weeks for most users to acquire. Even an extremely active user will take at least 4 days (at a max of 200 rep ...
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I was able to post in chat with less than 20 rep by joining 20 sites

I joined 20 other sites (out of the many) and even with 1 rep was able to post in any of the chatrooms. For example: In ELL, I have just 1 rep and have posted messages in its chat. ell....
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Electorate badge and the benefit of voting on questions

For me voting on questions is much less important than voting on answers. If you have a question, you have it, period! It doesn't matter if it was upvoted by others or not. The reason you ask the ...
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Show shortened reputation in rounded down form

Background Where reputation is shown in shortened form it is rounded conventionally. That being; 0.5-0.99-->1 0.01-0.49-->0 So my current rep of 11,374 is shown as follows: This doesn't really ...
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Should reputation from SO carry over to Meta? [closed]

Honestly, I feel handicapped not being able to edit other people's posts here on Meta (and until recently could not even retag questions). Why does our hard-earned reputation on SO not count in Meta? ...
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Proposed change to downvote calculations for fairness by intent

Why do the up-votes after reaching daily rep cap not contribute to compensate the subsequent down-votes? Doesn't upvotes received after getting voted down the rep-cap yield any reputation? These ...
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IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!! (elections available only to high rep users)

I am worried that the moderators can now only be selected from those with 10.3k reputation. I understand that we must limit our options using some method, as too many choices would make this process ...
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Reputation not appearing in Rep. Notification Queue - yet it is given silently

I answered a question on Super User and while on other sites I did not get a 'Reputation Notification' to explain that I was given 2 upvotes for my answer - yet if I manually check my Profile here at ...
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Eeeek! “Community” user got sudden rep boost.. how come?

Until recently Mr. Community had one single reputation point, you can see it in this old screenshot: Now it has over 2K reputation all of a sudden.. what has caused this? Has it affected "real" ...
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Add a reputation and achievements pane to iOS app

It'd be nice to see reputation updates in the app, as we get on both the desktop and mobile sites. Mock-up of how this would look: Other possible icon states: While I understand reputation ...
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Meta sites in “Your Communities” display different reputation

While using the top bar to navigate across communities, I noticed that the reputation displayed on meta sites on that list does not match the one of their corresponding main sites: I have noticed on ...
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0 questions, 0 answers, and a reputation of 371

This user profile on Database Administrators shows 0 questions, 0 answers, and a reputation of 371. What has happened is that What do Clustered and Non clustered index actually mean? was migrated ...
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How should a bot earn enough reputation to perform the actions necessary for that bot?

We all know it: bots that chat. There are also bots that flag, or perform other actions. And usually we like them for doing that, like our dear Smokey. So every now and then, a new bot is created, ...
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If I hit the daily rep cap and then get downvoted, does it still count towards badges?

Say I hit the daily rep cap (with a great overhead, say 40 upvotes for answers, which would translate to 400 rep) and THEN get one downvote, then the day ends. At the end of the day I gained +198 rep. ...
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Daily reputation cap effectively counts downvotes twice

I've suspected for a while that downvoting imposes a limit on one's daily reputation limit and therefore counts downvotes twice. Today with TheTXI's help I was able to confirm this. The daily ...
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Got 45 rep for the answer, lost 185 rep when it was deleted

I think I may have found a bug/oversight when deleting questions and adjusting reputation. I recently answered a question when I was near the reputation cap for the day. As a result I only received 30 ...
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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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MSO is a forum. Its reputation system should reflect that

Yesterday, reputation on questions was changed for consistency's sake: We amended question rep on meta so it is in line with the rest of the sites. So now, upvotes on questions are worth 5 points. ...
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Notify users the first time they hit the reputation cap

Every so often, a new question is asked by someone inquiring why their rep didn't go up, even though it should. These are (nearly) always closed as a duplicate of the FAQ entry, "How does 'Reputation' ...
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What happens to bounties on a post dissociation?

I've been reading this question about a user getting a bounty in a dishonest way. My suggestion was to dissociate that answer from the user's account, but I wasn't sure if that would remove the bounty....
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I can see my reputation “increasing” even though I am suspended

So I got myself suspended, for being an idiot. My fault. I now have 1 reputation. But while I was sitting on the front page of the site where I'm suspended, somebody upvoted one of my answers. I ...
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Should up and down votes cancel each other?

I've recently posted a very silly answer to a question. It got voted down, rightfully so. Then, I guess, somebody took a pity on me and upvoted a question. I was really surprized that I've got a ...
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How often is reputation recalculated?

Saw a comment in the question about increasing the cost/effect of downvotes on reputation that rep recalc is irrelevant because, in their words, it will "only happen 2-3 times in a lifetime." I was ...
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My bad answer gave me enough rep to upvote the correct one. If I delete it, does that poster lose credit for my vote?

I wrote an answer to my own question which I realize isn't helpful. I'd like to delete it but it gave me enough reputation points to vote up the right answer. If I delete and lose those points, does ...
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If MSE rep is used for voting, why is it tied to privileges?

I realize I am taking a risk by reopening what seems to be an old, hoary, and thorny discussion. However, it seems that in all the long discussions about Meta Stack Exchange reputation, what it means, ...
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Would it be useful to show people's “hit rate” - i.e. percentage of answers accepted?

Just out of idle curiosity I thought I'd check how many of my answers had been accepted. The only way I could see was to manually count. Would people be interested in seeing this as a statistic on ...
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What is rep farming?

I was expecting this to have already been asked, but can't find any clear explanation in the archives. There are a lot of mentions of the phrase "rep farming" in various meta questions, but it seems ...
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Users arriving at a bad Hot Network Question should be able to express their dislike

The hotness score of a question is influenced by the reaction of users arriving from across the network. Since most of such users do not have 125 rep on the question's site, the feedback SE receives ...
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What to do about rep inflation?

Overall reputation scores are headed nowhere but up. Pretty soon there will be thousands of mods. What to do? Thoughts on possibilities: Thousands of mods is fine. Carry on. Adjust the threshold ...
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Is it more difficult to earn reputation on SO than couple of years ago?

It seems that all good questions that could be asked have been already asked. Also it seems all good answers that could appear have already appeared. Existing questions/answers base probably covers ...
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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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New rep indicator keeps popping up

In the new top-bar I see from time to time the indicator kind of resetting itself. It does not know anymore that I already "confirmed"/"noticed" the new rep. Then I see something like this for ...
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Different colors for different rep types in the new reputation graph

The new reputation graph is nice and the gray line at 200rep is also useful. However it would be great when the different forms of reputation (votes, accepted answers, bounties, ...) would be colored ...
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Does it make sense to have a negative rep cap for Meta posts?

I've been thinking (and posting) a lot about voting and one issue that's come up over and over is the chilling effect that downvoting can have on Meta discussions and feature-requests. Downvoting is ...
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Will reputation spiral out of all control? [duplicate]

Since reputation is relatively 'cheap' to gain, it can be awarded to others 'for free', and can only seldom be lowered, does this mean overall reputation scores will get higher and higher and, ...
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Old timer's luck vs Newcomer's work

Once in a while I stumble on some question or answer with HUGE amount of upvotes (thousands for a question and multiple hundreds for an answer). Here is the perfect example: How to modify existing, ...
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How to get initial reputation on Stack Overflow with the new-user restrictions in place?

I understand that reputation can be gained by answering questions. However, it seems that more often than not the questions do not contain all the required information to give an answer. Since new ...
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Problems with Stack Overflow's reputation/point system

The point system makes new users "addicted", in a sense, Stack Overflow becomes like a role-playing game (RPG), you stay here, try to earn points. Points are important, they're labeled "reputation", ...
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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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Is rep discrimination OK or not?

Many times when I'm reading a very poorly written question, I look at the asker's rep. If it is low, I usually go on with my day because "they are new and haven't gotten the hang of things." However, ...
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What is the best way to deal with “rep-whoring”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do high rep users answer bad questions? Most (all) of us were so-called "rep-whores" in our early days. And that's fine IMHO, because as a new user: You aren't familiar ...
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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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This is an outrage! Why did I just gain +70 rep?

A few days ago I had 9241 rep on SO. Upon returning to the site I discovered I had mysteriously gained 70 points. Further inspection reveals that I had no upvotes or accepted answers. I feel my rep ...
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Mobile site exposes downvote data on user rep page

It seems that the mobile version of Stack Overflow displays downvotes that a user has made, with the time and a link to the downvoted post, on the user's rep page when another person views it. In ...
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Why are 15 reputation points required to upvote?

I think more reputation points should be required to add a new answer than to upvote an existing answer. I don't continually watch for new questions, so usually when I find a question it has already ...
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How Much Rep Would Jon Skeet Have If There Was No Rep Limit?

Just curious about this, but how much rep would he currently have if there was not a rep cap?
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Can we filter questions by reputation

There seems to be a deluge of questions by folks with rep of 1-10. Many of these questions are "homework" or questions that are annoying to me "please read my 500 line script and tell me whats wrong ...
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Why is the inconsistent reputation system “by design”?

There has been repeated UV tickets on this, all of them declined. Basically, there are a number of inconsistencies in the rep system that revolve around this: certain actions (accepting answers, ...
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Am I suggesting good edits? Is it OK that much of my rep is from edits?

I recently took a look at the primary source of my reputation, and well... It's interesting. As you can see I edit a lot, and I have some questions... Most of my edits are minor (such as formatting ...
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Does it make sense that migrated questions doubles your “Network Reputation”?

Poking around today's borked user league I noticed that Xenph Yan got a ton of rep on dba.stackechange.com for https://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/12961/how-does-database-indexing-work But he ...