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Why do we lose our privileges? I don't particularly like the top answer on the most famous question: What's the point of putting your reputation on the line for a bounty if there is no consequence of losing it? This does not apply to privileges, so I have cut out reputation altogether. Much better! What's the point of a bounty? Bounties are for ...


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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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Privileges are not permanent. If your rep falls below the required threshold of a privilege for any reason (you place a bounty, downvotes, rep recalc, beta→gold site transition, etc) you do lose the privilege, but only until your rep increases above the required threshold again.


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This is 100% status-bydesign. In fact, it's a core part of how Stack Exchange works. The sort of questions you're seeing are what we call "canonical answers." It's an effort to build a knowledge base of information that's likely to be useful for many different people. Self-answering is encouraged. If you figure out something cool that other people might ...


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I have now reviewed around 7000 posts. Since I review mostly first / late answers (because I see the questions at the front page), you can more or less take this as a statistical sample of what really happens. 6960 reviewed 1032 edited (and they really needed to be edited) 387 were flagged (that's around 5.5%) I don't think this is a lot. Of this 5.5%, ...


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I would say post better answers, but I honestly can't find any answers that I'd take offense with. I just guess you answered questions which are low visibility, and where the user hasn't bothered to test the answers.


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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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Why aren't posts getting votes? While the views are from different IPs, most of them aren't even by registered users or users with the privilege to vote. If—quoting Jeff Atwood—90% of all visitors can't vote on the stuff they see, then this would explain the lack of votes quite easily. And I agree: It's sad to see good questions stick around with 0 votes. ...


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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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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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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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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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"User was removed" indicates that a user voted for one of your posts had their account deleted - the account deletion is because either it was requested by them, or removed for other reasons(spam account destroyed etc). As a result, all of their votes were undone, and the rep you gained/lost was reversed. Since the upvote was removed, you lost the 10 rep


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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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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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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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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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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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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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You reputation on a child meta is the same reputation you have on the main site. You have 201 reputation on Super User, and so you have 201 on Super User Meta. You cannot earn rep on any Meta, except for Meta Stack Overflow.


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The only way to really give users more reputation than a few upvotes is a bounty. If you really liked his answer, then you could suggest to him to post it again, or just go to his profile and upvote a few answers. You cannot just give away reputation though, it can only be earned through questions, answers, bounties, and edits.


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It's explained here. The StackOverflow team believes that everybody's special in their own way and doesn't deserve to have a negative self-esteem (aka reputation). A rep of zero or negative seemed cruel. Plus, everyone starts out as "a one" instead of "a zero".


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Your MSU reputation is updated regularly (once an hour or so) from SU. In the mean time, the values can be slightly different due to caching.


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When a suggested edit is approved, the user who suggested it gets +2 reputation. The regular daily reputation cap applies, and the total cap is 1,000. Like any other reputation, the +2 is deleted if the edited post is ever deleted. Source So since your rep is below 2000, you get +2 for each suggested edit which is approved. There is a hard limit of 1,000 ...


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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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An increment to a user's 'Helpful' count means they were helpful, right? Or is it that my behavior was tolerated, but never encouraged by the community? Generally, the former. Users typically have very good reasons to flag and we'll normally err on the side of clearing them as "helpful". But this might just be (a) moderator(s) tolerating the behavior and ...


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I’ve noticed recently that numerous users (including high-rep users and even moderators) have been posting generic, hypothetical questions, followed immediately by an answer and accepting it. Any examples, you're leaving us guessing to which type of those questions you're actually referring. Like nhinkle outlines; we've had community-faq questions, an ...


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