We vote a lot, and we vote up.
We have a narrow scope, which means there are people who can answer almost any question.
For some people, TeX and friends is almost a religion which they practise through this website.
Oh and I forgot to say: We vote a lot.
That's it I think.
PS: Did I mention that we vote a lot?
As Tom and David mentioned in the comments, we just upvote. Even if one feels the urge to downvote a question or an answer, we encourage different approaches, like leaving a comment to help make the content better or point crass errors, or simply do not upvote the content at all (but still pointing what is going on). A question or answer that shows effort ...
Like Renaissance mathematicians did, I'll give my guess in encrypted form so as not to influence other participants. I expressed my guess in the format YYYY-MM-DD and issued
echo ZZZZZZ YYYY-MM-DD | shasum -a 256
where ZZZZZZ is my old landline phone number (six digits) getting the fingerprint
In general, reputation doesn't mean much on TeX-SX. So we don't have any problems that many other SE sites have. The main reason is that our wizards are also here which is fantastic and we know how good they are so reputation doesn't reflect other than participation in the site for the fun of it. A typical example, I have 40K, Frank Mittelbach has 24K. That'...
I upvote. A lot. People vote for my answers, so I have to vote.
It's rare I don't upvote a question I answer to: as one of the moderators once told me, “if you deem a question worthy answering, then it's also worth a vote”.
I also vote answers: when they solve a problem in a “good way”, I think they deserve a vote. What a “good way” is probably depends on ...
It's not refunded because you got the benefit that your question was visible for 7 days on the featured tab. You gave the bounty for getting attention, and you got it. It's not a payment for an answer. Even if an answerer can possibly win it.
If it would be refunded, you could keep questions featured forever, without additionally spending points, placing ...
We would typically keep bug-related questions around, but close them. Formerly it was a straight-forward "too localized" closure (which made sense), but now it's more common to vote as being "off topic" with some manual motivation.
That's the "policy" part. From a structural point of view, you can't delete that question, since it has a positive-score answer....
It's great that you consider checking for a duplicate first.
Yes, before answering you should firstly check if it's a duplicate. Flag or comment on it, this would be very helpful. And yes, the reputation system honors answering duplicates, sadly. However, I would say, the real reputation among TeX.SE users would not raise if they see somebody answering ...
There seems to be some consensus on the main Meta site that mentioning participation on StackOverflow is at best a very minor part of one's resume, reserved for the extra-curricular section. StackOverflow, of course, is a general programming site, and therefore it's possible that participation on the site might be something that an employer might be ...
How long (approx) did it take you to get to 1k?
According to the site stats, I joined this site in May 2011, I posted my very first answer on 16 July 2011 -- siunitx: how can I avoid adding decimal zeroes? which, by the way, got accepted/checkmarked: woohoo! -- and I reached the 1k rep mark on 30 August 2011, or about a month and a half after my first ...
Sadly this is status-bydesign, even though it sucks.
Votes are accounted for at the time of casting, rather than at the end of the day. The only voting excluded from the per-day reputation cap of 200 are bounties and answer acceptance (+15).
What if I hit the daily rep cap and THEN get downvoted?
Downvote after hitting rep limit
In addition to some of the observations that we vote a lot, I think there's another reason why that voting occurs: we value substantial answers over short one liners, and we tend to comment on answers to make them better rather than post a competing answer which is minimally similar to an existing one. See also Why do people answer in comments?.
The end ...
Yes, we do vote a lot, but I think it's much more than that.
This community is very positive. We don't compete against each other (except perhaps playfully when we comment along the lines of "you beat me to the answer by 2 seconds"). We share our ideas freely. We encourage people: in how to get a solution that works for them, in how to write better ...
I am not sure but probably something like a year. I didn't understand the whole privilege system for quite a while (can't say I understand now) and only after I passed 2K the popups told me that I did something good.
If I'm doing a PhD, I would probably go bananas and get it in a week, probably. You go a bit nutty if things don't work out with your daily ...
To date (2013-05-07) you have submitted 574 Suggested Edits for approval, 512 of which were accepted while 62 were declined. Back in Feb 2011, the reputation system was updated to award a suggestor with +2 reputation in the case of an approved Suggested Edit. This should put your tally of reputation accumulated via this method at +1,024.
Now, according to ...
I think he will never get to the target in 2018 due to several thousand questions about % at end of line being reclassified as duplicates and deleted resulting in a loss of most of his Rep.
If I win I think the tikzducks should be re-implemented in picture mode.
Whenever I google a LaTeX issue, I end up on tex.SE. Now, that may have to do with my filter bubble, but it's also the best resources for LaTeX-related trouble, no questions asked.
So I routinely get here, find good stuff, and then of course upvote it.
I can only hope that this happens to many people, i.e. they land here, get help, and already have the ...
The answer to this is that there is no reputation system on this Meta site to award bounties, and therefore considered by-design.
Bounties are only meaningful in an environment where reputation is available to be gained and distributed (through voting, but also bounties). Here on Meta, it does not exist. In fact, your "reputation" on meta is equivalent to ...
The reputation system is a bit of fun but I think it's dangerous to think there is any correlation between quality of TeX information and points earned. Looking at my top three answers ordered by rep
234 How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?
75 What are penalties and which ones are defined?
68 How was TeX output visualised on ...
This may be one of the biggest issues new users face on any site on the Stack Exchange network: You want to contribute in a meaningful way, but are restricted until you've contributed in a meaningful way. There's no easy out of this conundrum as it is a network-wide initiative that attempts to set a boundary between noise and quality.
We are a friendly ...
Once you get the "retag questions" privilege (500 rep), you no longer need to edit a question (thereby gaining 2 points) to retag a question – simply retagging gains you no points. If you have the "edit questions and answers" privilege (2000 rep), you get no points for editing questions.
Had they had been voting as much as we did then it would be an anomaly. We can easily cover their two pages with our very same top rows, compare them too:
Again, on behalf of a few other users, I vote for "mark as read" almost always. Because as mentioned, we don't care about the votes except those two misters you know who
The reason is that we want to prevent people from creating tags that are considered inappropriate. The site has quite a strict policy on existing tags so that the tags have some structure. New members are often not aware of this which causes the system to "break".
If you don't know what are the appropriate tags, try to do your best, however be sure that ...
It's not a bug, the user who downvoted reversed his decision three days later, which is shown as an "undownvote" in the reputation history:
I don't know why this isn't reflected in the timeline, I guess it still uses the old, less fine-grained reputation display approach.
This is not a bug, but accurately reflects the reputation gained over a particular period of time. If you look at the Users page you can select the period of time:
So it's entirely possible for a user who gives a lot of bounties to have a negative reputation when calculated over one of these smaller time periods.