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I don't know about you but here's my strategy.

  1. Post quality answers. This should be numbered 1 2 and 3. But a good answer will more often than not trump a fast answer. Though there are cases where it does not.

  2. Monitor the frontpage and the new questions list. Learn their cache time and refresh accordingly.

  3. Setup a good but short list of Interesting and Ignored tags. For example I have css, html, jquery, javascript, mysql, php as interesting and subjective as ignored tags. This will help you see questions quicker.

  4. Avoid Wall of Text questions. They take way to much effort for little reward. And usually are syntax errors or bad structure.

  5. Post an answer even though the question has 1-2 or even 3 answers. In these cases, take your time and answer well. This will usually net you a good sum of rep.

  6. Learn when to edit. Post a short answer at first and then edit. You have <5 minutes to make that answer shine.