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As a matter of fact you can. All it costs you is quality answers or quality questions. Heck, some people even do quality edits for reputation. Sign up now and we'll even throw in 100 rep when you associate your account on any other SE site if you hit 200 rep on any site, ABSOLUTELY FREE! And yes that's the secret. Use the network as it's meant to be used.


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This is a result of the 'Global Flag Summary' userscript, which I use to keep track of the flags I cast, mainly by participating in Charcoal HQ. This tool retrieves the number of flags (cast, marked helpful, declined, etc.) across all sites in the network. You don't get a notification if one of your flags is declined, so this is the only way I can check if ...


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Thanks for the report, a fix for this will be rolling out to the network shortly. The users affected by this will be recalculated to reflect the loophole fix. We were adjusting rep adjustments for bounty compensation as a matter of fixing historical data before rep was real-time. However, we did not remove them. We now no longer blindly apply reputation ...


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From: How does "Reputation" work? It determines, to an extent, your familiarity with the site, the amount of subject matter expertise you have and the level of respect your peers have for you. That would not work at all if you could simply buy reputation, or gain it through devious means (like using a bot). So no, you can't buy rep, and no, ...


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Not every type of unwelcome activity is enumerated, but when you see a user flogging a feature or exploiting some use case wildly outside how it was intended to be used, it is abusive. And when that activity needlessly irritates users or becomes generally unpleasant, it's trollsome. We do throttle a lot of these repetitive activities through the core code, ...


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No matter how sophisticated or clever (or unsophisticated), the answer is the same - flag for mod attention and explain. Or if it is too long to explain in the flag text box, then email the team via the contact us link in the footer of each page. As Tim Post suggests in the comments, using the "contact us" page may be preferable, so the SE team can address ...


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This guy must read very very quickly...


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There are drawbacks: We need people answering questions. You gain rep for answering questions and we need that motivator to get the answers. We don't want everybody being able to buy priviledges. That can lead to abuse and misuse. Reputation is also a trust indication. What sense does it make if you can buy it? This would also be unfair. We don't want that ...


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About a month two weeks after joining SO I was serially upvoted twice in a matter of four days (Mar 1 & Mar 4), though I didn't earn the Mortarboard Badge. This actually was REALLY annoying. Being new I initially thought it was awesome then it was reversed and happened again three days later and not knowing the cause I did actually think I might "get in ...


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that there's nothing really stopping someone from selling Reputation on a site like eBay Sure there is, eBay explicitly doesn't allow this. Besides that, I think this is a theoretical problem. If it ever happened, we have plenty of tools to deal with the account afterwards.


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Giving answer marks/votes to either yourself, or someone on the same internet connection isn't just gaming the system, it's sock puppeting and is a very serious violation. If you see or suspect such behavior just flag a relevant post with the "other" category and state your reason for thinking they are voting for themselves. Note that if the other answer ...


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This is case of sock-puppetry and badge harvesting. The OP has approved most of the suggested edits, and they are all separate. Flag the post for moderator attention, I certainly will.


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A reputation market makes the voting system useless.– Tamara Wijsman The meaning of up vote is that the question/answer is useful/constructive and useful in future. So the user up vote the question/ answer and the asker/giver get the reputation, so in that case the selling reputation makes no sense.


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I face similar temptation every day... In these hard times, we have to do what we can to stay afloat.


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You cannot award yourself a bounty, not even automatically (which would be a loss regardless).


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This has been tried in the past by users that were attempting to grow sock puppet accounts by 'seeding' a few with some 'organic' reputation from a real account. It's usually done in an attempt to get a few new accounts enough reputation to be 'useful' sock puppets. Using the bounty system like this just shuffles reputation around, the initial 'deposit' if ...


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Yes. This kind of thing is completely possible. However, moderators have tools to detect this kind of activity and warn/punish those involved. We have reports that show us bounties that are awarded that can provide clear indications of circular or fraudulent bountying.


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It definitely matters. Badge gaming has lately killed /review. See also The current review system encourages fake reviews; some people upvote everything rather than actually fixing problems. After all, you could also see it from the other perspective on: offering badges for /review has been a bad idea as /review is not a game at all.


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The badge has simple agenda: reward people for answering the questions from new users, which often don't have rights to upvote (or are not used to the concept of upvoting, instead they only accept answers). I've recently got Unsung Hero, though I didn't even try to get it. So it's definitely possible to earn. If you're mostly involved in fast-gun ...


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Nope. Some people just... don't like writing questions or don't have any to ask. I write lots of meta questions (and answers) but on my highest reputation site, Movies & TV, I've asked only one compared to 176 answers... and on my second highest reputation site, English Language Learners, I have no questions and 321 answers. I'm not sure how that's "...


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The community will take care of that by itself. Reputation is just a number that represents what you have done so far on Stack Overflow. IMO, it is only important when it comes to privileges you unlock along the way. Other than that, it's just a number. I would not accept an answer simply because the user has a lot of rep. I would not answer a question ...


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This is one of the things SEDE can do. You can run this query to find out. Here are the results for your top site: SEDE is refreshed once a week, on Sunday morning. I wrote this one based on another query by resident SEDE guru @rene. As you probably notice when going through the list, there are various reasons to both close and answer the same question. I'...


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Can something be done to make reviewers treat each item in the queue fairly, regardless of their badge target? Define "fair". There are - and always have been - folks who feel that closing is inappropriate in the vast majority of cases. That's why we have voting, re-opening, and - now - a Do Not Close function. That being said, there's a difference ...


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Maybe he is using scripts, or maybe he is just an eager reader and reads SE sites every day by breakfast? What's the difference, anyway? What's the worth of badges earned for visited a site every 100 consecutive days? It's only a sign you haven't gone out even for one weekend in that time. They are achieved for logging every day. Is the manual logging by ...


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The users can't merge accounts themselves. It can be made only by mods. In the case you pointed, I highly doubt that a mod will merge those accounts but just remove the new question and the user, while the first will get a suspension (and a restriction of new questions from this IP).


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This proposal is almost the same but not entirely different from the old flag weight system, which was introduced to promote people who consistently flag well with more flags higher up on the mods' lists and silence sources of noises with less flags that would only appear towards the bottom. The problem here is that instead of having a gold badge that can ...


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I received both Unsung Hero and Tenacious in the ms-access tag. For some reason, people just don't upvote much in that tag. The downside is that you'll never get a Great Question badge there, as no question has ever had more than 99 votes. You're also unlikely to ever get a Good Question badge there, either.


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Most badges are not automatically revoked if the conditions that caused you to earn the badge are no longer met. The exception to this are the tag badges where you do lose the badge if your total score or the number of answers you have given falls below the threshold. So you won't lose the Peer Pressure badge if you undelete the post. However, given that ...


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How to deal with such potential behavior? As Robert already explained nicely this is indeed not accetable and abusive, so proper way of action, in my opinion, is to flag one of the abuser's posts, choose the "Other" section and exlain with details what you've seen and how the user got badges unfairly. Moderators can't revoke badges, but they can issue ...


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An anomalous Close/DNC ratio could just be a sign of selective question picking. If I were going for the Steward badge and got the most actions per day by casting 50 close votes and 70 DNCs, then that's the number I'd cast. It just makes game-theoretic sense. The way that I'd get that ratio is by skipping questions until I found a sufficient number that ...


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