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Several reasons: 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?


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Mae hwyaden TeX SE yn pleidleisio'n aml iawn. Esbonnir popeth gan hwyaid. Gerald_G, Rubber Duck Family TeX SE's duck votes frequently. Everything is explained by ducks.


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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 ...


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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....


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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). Reference: What if I hit the daily rep cap and THEN get downvoted? Downvote after hitting rep limit


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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: SU voters: SF voters: 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


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Based on this query and linear extrapolation, it should be May 13th, 2018, 14:55:25


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There's a scheduled job running each month to reset the counters. It failed December 1, 2020, sorry for this. That's why the November values are included, so it's too high. SE started a network wide recalculation that should fix it after some time. The monthly reputation league page looks better already.


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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.


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You could parse the output obtained by visiting the text-only reputation breakdown. The output resembles: total votes: 18989 16 22477 (2) -- 2011-07-06 rep +2 = 3 16 22829 (2) 2 22831 (10) 2 22915 (10) -- 2011-07-12 rep +22 = 25 2 23026 (5) 2 23085 (10) 2 23096 (10) 2 23096 (10) 2 23096 (10) --...


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I don't think it's possible, otherwise, you'll get reputation points for a standard comment like this: Or funny comments like these: However, you can earn some badges for comments: Please remember that we are here to help the other users, not to compete for reputation (egreg and David excluded).


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I quietly argue in my department and regularly tell colleagues that significant participation in stackexchange sites should count in faculty reviews as service to the scholarly community. I'm sure @egreg's answers here advance science more than does his mathematics, however deep and interesting that may be.


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Nobody knows whether or not there will be a miracle in the future --- Joel Spolsky will give you one euro per point you have.


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None.


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I think it's just a saying of the poster, not to be taken seriously as I see there. If the questioner would be serious about this, he could award bonus points by setting a bounty and giving it to the answerer later. In such cases you could comment and suggest that the OP would do what he or she said and actually give bonus points via a bounty.


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