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What is voting fraud? Voting fraud is the systematic voting against correct voting rationales. Fraud most often happens with a single user continually voting (up or down) on many of your posts within a short period of time. This is not considered normal behavior and the system will not allow it. If mass voting continues to happen between two certain IP ...


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No. Answers are more valuable than questions because they require knowledge, giving more reputation to answers rewards learning and acquiring that knowledge. Users asking a question (trying to solve problem) will get answers besides the reputation, a solution to their problem which is a reward on its own. Reputation unlocks moderation powers - reputation ...


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All sounds nice, but you're still missing a point that I think should be addressed. Currently, when things get deleted, they just disappear from your history. That's not very helpful, especially concerning reputation. When my reputation randomly drops by 40, it would be nice to be able to see that in my history. Would it be possible to make this change show ...


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TL;DR: Please don't just try to cure the symptoms when curing the cancer is this simple. Retract reputation gained from questions that are closed (or that were closed within a certain time frame, starting with the creation of the question), and you'll most likely fix this whole rep-system-abuse that's been going on for way too long. When I first read the ...


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Simply increasing question reputation as stated will make it easier for sockpuppets/voting rings to start. It's rather easier to copy a nice looking programming question from Quora / Reddit and post it on Stack Overflow (maybe changing a few words to avoid the simplest plagiarism checks) and after two upvotes (instead of three) you'll already be able to ...


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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 was our screw-up, and preventing large impact deletes like this will be an addition to the code on our side sometime this week. For now I've gone through the database and manually undone the delete action on this user's votes, which is the net impact that should have happened if they were moved to the community user...our normal process. Your rep ...


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No, there was no such discussion raised by the SE team to normal community members. There was a consultation made to moderators only in the private moderator Team. This was leaked to the public here in a now-deleted and redacted question. (Someone managed to archive it to WayBackMachine before it was removed, but SE contacted them and asked them to remove ...


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Weighing up the pros and cons, I'd have to say overall "no". It's very site dependent. Compare: Stack Overflow and Math.SE attract users who repeatedly post poor questions, and slowly accumulate reputation. This change may encourage them, so I'd expect it's not beneficial at these sites. At Chinese.SE, I can spend 20+ minutes writing a question, only to ...


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I too would like to see this implemented. @Oded's response to a different question lays out the SE reasoning: We want to let you know about good things as soon as they happen - that's what our real-time notifications are for. Negative reputation changes are... well... negative. So we are not in a hurry to let you know about them. I strongly ...


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Sorry, but you're making a false assumption here. The "m" is not for "millions" (that would be "M"), but for morpfloggles. One morpfloggle is 1,003,214. Thus you have precisely 6.6m rep, to the 5th digit. We're just not displaying trailing zeros.


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I'd like to float a modified version of this idea as a 30k (10k beta) privilege. Problem statement Stack Exchange sites (and especially Stack Overflow) intimidate new users who might become exceptional contributors if only they got over the hump of asking and answering questions. Meanwhile, top users have plenty of sticks to correct bad behavior from new ...


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I've skimmed through your questions and answers, and I've seen some easily fixable problems: Always provide context for links Whenever you include a link for reference in one of your posts make sure to add a short summary of the main points of the link. There are two reasons for that, the official and the real one. The official is that links sometimes ...


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You know as well as I do that the answer is "no". Or at least - not in a way visible to most users, or even to users active on meta.stackexchange.com . This is another example of the apparent paradigm shift in SE Inc.'s management of the SE network - towards unilaterlism and arbitrariness, as myself and others have claimed before. Once they realized the way ...


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This feature request should be revisited now that there are a couple of SE sites (Code Golf and Puzzling) where being able to give a bounty to an excellent question would be a nice feature. It was recently asked if certain sites could be changed to award 10 rep points per question upvote instead of 5. The response was that it wouldn't really be possible to ...


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This was an unintentional slip-up. We were fixing some Google crawler errors for deleted user cards on questions/answers and a set of brackets got missed in the code path that renders schema.org attributes. That meant that this: RenderSchema ? @"<span class=""d-none"" itemprop=""name"">" + UserToShow?.ToString() ?? name + "</span>" : "" ...


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It looks like this was serial upvoting to me. Here's the vote you have recently received: That's 7 upvotes you received within 60 seconds. That's an average of 1 vote every 8.5741428 seconds. I am not a mod on SO so I can't see the details, but if all those votes were from a single user, then that's serial upvoting and those votes are not valid. The system ...


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It depends if you're up for a little indoctrination or not... I think that, as a user around that sort of rep, you understand that questions sometimes get closed, or reopened. You're maybe trying to emulate (or fight against) the people who've been around longer voting on this. In other words, you understand something of the site. Why not grant the view ...


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No. Answers > Questions Answers are more important than questions because people (including ones who posted a question) are coming for the answers. Nobody is interested in a wonderful question that has no answers. Someone can argue that an awesome question will inevitably get interesting answers but that's actually means that by definition valuable ...


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Until you reach 2,000 reputation, your edits have to be approved or rejected. Only if they are approved you gain the +2 reputation. There is also a cap on the reputation that can be earned this way. Once you've had 500 edits accepted - that's 1,000 points - you don't earn any more reputation.


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You have a reputation of 8 now on Stack Overflow; you need 50 to comment. You could do that by; Correcting the grammar of either questions or answers. To do so, click the edit link by the entry. Rephrase poorly expressed needs. For many, English is not their native tongue. You need 21 more approved edits to gain the 42 more rep you need to make it to 50. ...


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Yeah... This seems like a good idea. The term has moved from its original jocular uses to something considerably more mean-spirited. I suspect most folks using the term now have some sort of nasty boogieman in mind rather than good ol' Marc Gravell. And when folks here are more concerned about what other people think of them than they are about programming, ...


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Sites There are three main types of privilege thresholds (sorted from high to low): Stack Overflow and graduated sites with a design (example) public betas and non-designed sites (example) private betas and this Harvard University site Some sites have a unique privilege (level) schema: Ask Patents Area 51 (scroll down to "What is reputation?") ...


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So do we do this in SQL? Well, not really. We query to see if you're at the daily rep cap via SQL and make some decisions based on that, but we don't determine what reputation value you should have from that...it'd be a little crazy. If you want a detailed answer, keep reading. First, credit goes to the entire team here, I didn't write the original rep ...


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This may be a little controversial, but perhaps it would be worth while to: Make access to the First Posts and Late Answer Review queues a 500 rep privilege. Hopefully this will prevent the blind from leading the blind. As a possible side benefit it may slow down the badge hunters till they get a better idea of what the review queues are really for and ...


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Cross site moderation If you're a moderator that should send shivers down your spine. Thought finding sock puppets and voting rings was bad enough? Now you have 100 sites on which your voting ring could be centered. In theory it can be easy to find if someone gives bounties in exchange for upvotes on one site. But what if Bob gives Alice a bounty on UX for ...


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As far as I can tell, this is not how deletion of such user accounts is supposed to happen. The procedure has been outlined by SE developer in an answer to similar question as follows: When we delete highly active users upon their request (i.e. they no longer wish to participate in Stack Exchange), we preserve their up/down/accepted votes by moving them ...


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