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Thanks for your interest in participating! The reputation system can be a little bit confusing at first, but rest assured - it's not that we think you aren't cool. Start out by taking the tour. It explains all the basic concepts of how the site works. If you check out the privileges page you can see how much reputation each new privilege requires and how ...


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Cause people who have earned a privilege have shown some ability to understand how things work. People with lower rep have not yet. SE fundamentally runs as a meritocracy


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I can imagine a few reasons: High reputation users have acquired a lot of knowledge—not only in a technical sense, but knowledge that helps them find an answer to their own problems more quickly. Writing good answers requires thorough research, and after contributing hundreds of answers you might be more efficient at solving your own problems, hence no need ...


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Reputation is accumulated on a per-site basis. However, once you earn 200 rep on any site, you automatically get a +100 bonus on all other sites. This is because once you earn 200 rep the system trusts you enough to use basic features like voting and commenting on all of the Stack Exchange sites.


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Comments serve an auxiliary function; they exist to support the all-important questions and answers. The goal is not to generate more comments, but better Q&A. As such, you should assume that comments will be temporary; if you're putting information into a comment that would be nice to have around long-term, consider trying to work it into the question ...


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The reputation point system is really designed to ease people into learning to use the site effectively and eventually metamoderation tasks. While it shouldn't be punitive in theory, sometimes it is - especially when something is clearly out of scope. On main sites, question downvotes often indicate a lack of research, information, or something that simply ...


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He doesn't have enough reputation to downvote either questions or answers, so any downvotes are coming from another user. Please see here in the Help Center which explains that a user requires 125 reputation on the site to cast downvotes on either questions or answers. His comments will almost certainly result in him being banned (if that hasn't already ...


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ooh. This is a strange one. IANAL but I suppose the terms of service would be the thing to look at here. I don't see anything explicitly talking about transferring an account but Subscriber is solely responsible for any use of or action taken under Subscriber’s password and accepts full responsibility for all activity conducted through Subscriber’s ...


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You posted an answer recommending a website which has been previously spammed by multiple users. Apart from that your answer: Check that your F2 and F4 keys work!! does not actually answer the question.


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Given that: You login into Super User (and by extension the wider Stack Exchange network) via 3rd party authorisation tools Your Super User account is linked to other accounts you may have on the network. This sounds like a really bad idea. You have no way of disassociating your Super User account from the rest of your accounts. So if you handed over this ...


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It is normal. The original question (now a migration stub) is still here. While the question exists here it has a downvote on it. That downvote counts. Downvotes on questions do not get migrated, but they do get left behind. If the question is deleted on this site then it should reverse the downvote, but we don't immediately delete migrated questions so ...


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Your answer does not explain anything; it's just two sentences. There's more valuable information in the comments to your answer than in the post itself. By all means, I see no reason it should not be downvoted – if only to encourage you to improve it. Just because you didn't receive any feedback doesn't mean your answer is without problems. Note: The ...


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Before doing this, I like to look at what might have been lost. The following 133 tags have been created by users with < 1500 reputation at the time of creation during the past 365 days and are currently in-use on at least 2 questions: Name Used User Created RepOnCreation ------------------------ ---- ----------------...


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This behaviour is by design. The idea is that a user is not considered to have enough experience with the topic of the site, so only rep earned on the site is counted: Why is the Association Bonus ignored when trying to answer a protected question? Part of the boilerplate includes: To answer it, you must have earned at least 10 reputation on this site. ...


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Let's clarify something: this is a free Q&A site where everyone participating—and mostly those who answer questions—volunteers their time to help others. It's the actual process of doing so that should keep users doing it. Why else would I be spending my time here? And that does not even include the possibility to learn something yourself by researching ...


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You answered this question but it has since been migrated to Webapps as it is off topic for Super User. Your answer on this site was deleted in the process, and the reputation for it (35 points) removed from your account. Your meta account is a bit behind due to caching. Since your answer is now on Webapps, you'll automatically get +35 reputation on that ...


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You don't lose reputation for posting a question that ended up being closed as a duplicate. That doesn't happen. What happens is other users may have seen your question and decided that yes, a downvote is justified in this case because: you did no research, or did not do enough cursory/initial searching the question makes nothing close to sense if you ...


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I have some approved edits, which should increase my reputation. The reputation from approved edits is capped at 1000: You gain reputation when: ... suggested edit is accepted: +2 (up to +1000 total per user) Source What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it? - Help Center - Super User


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Personally, even though I spend a lot of time on SU, I wouldn't consider "rep" to be the best thing. Why? Cause it shows how much "spare time" one person has. Lots of answers are easy enough to Google, and the field is too spread out. For tech support? A majority of my questions came from issues I couldn't fix on my own for 2.5 years as a simple computer ...


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Your idea is based on a false premise. The key is that the metric of reputation conflates, by design, answer-writing ability and technical knowledge. By extension, your statement that "we can expect higher-quality answers from experienced users" is problematic: what do you mean by higher-quality? Answer-writing ability consists of: How well the user ...


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Might it be useful to somehow consider other Stack-Exchange sub-site rep when determining restrictions? It kind of is already. Once any of your accounts on the Stack* network reach 200 rep, the other accounts will receive an association bonus of 100 points, which is more than enough to clear the more tiresome new user restrictions. Unfortunately those ...


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User that have been suspended by moderators will have their reputation set to 1 for the duration of a suspension. Alternatively the user could have given away all their reputation on bounties.


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I wanted to say thank you to him, so I thought to give 5 points bounty to him. A bounty isn't intended as a way to say "thank you" for an answer. So the bounty system is designed to prevent small amounts of reputation from being transferred. I found that I can't give bounty until I have 75 reputation nor can I give less than 50 point bounty. You should ...


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You'll find them on the Stack Exchange website https://stackexchange.com/leagues Site specific stuff (edits/votes etc) can be found on the /users route. Ex: https://superuser.com/users


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Your answer is woefully short considering the scope of the question asked and is borderline wrong. I did not down vote it, but I was very close as it only barely answered the question. All computers can and do run some amount of precompiled code, not just embedded systems. The difference is that higher powered processors with more memory available can ...


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I don't think the collection of fake internet points is the main driver here. A lot of questions with reasonably good answers are abandoned without being accepted, regardless if a bounty is set or not. The user has had their issue solved, if they don't want to interact further with the community then you can't force the issue. Additionally your suggestion ...


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A single up vote on an answer is worth 10 reputation to the receiver, and on a question it is worth 5 reputation. Giving an up vote is completely free to you, and is more of a bonus than a single bounty of 5 reputation. As bounties can only be given to answers that makes your proposed 5 rep bounty worth less than a single upvote. There is no reason to ...


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That's Meta... The reputation is just copied from the mainsite... From the What's Meta? help page: If you have an account on Super User, you have an account on its meta site. You do not need to create a separate account for meta; once you are logged in on Super User, you are also logged in and may post on its meta site. Votes on meta do not affect your ...


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Here's what I do: Leave a comment on the question. The OP is notified automatically, and you can @name one additional commenter to notify. Usually I say something like this: Hi <name>, good to see you found a solution to your problem! If you wish, you can add it as an answer yourself. This way it helps future visitors to your question. Plus, you ...


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