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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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I completely agree, and I've been thinking along similar lines recently. I can only answer for myself and not for anyone else, of course, and only describe what I now do. What I try to do now is make the "unanswered" list (and specifically those in my tags) my main point of call. I take a look at new questions, though I try to concentrate on helping ...


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I'd like to start by saying how much I respect tex exchange and all of its users. I am quite often amazed by the wizardry that some people have. @Werner's comment above However, I can see a discouraged feeling when ill-commented high-rep answers (like "Try this..." or "Here you go...") win discussion-filled and correct low-rep users. completely sums ...


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As a low-rep, but growing (or am I already med-rep?) contributor I only partly agree. I worry that first page users will get "burnt-out". Actually, I worry more that some of you guys eventually get your thesis done and no longer have the time to contribute here :-) (On the other hand I am pretty sure that new grad students will follow you. So I agree ...


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You got +100 for associating your account with your account on another SE site. This is for getting users to connect their accounts in the network. That's why you often can see users seeming to start with 101 rep, not just 1.


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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'...


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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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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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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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As a (very?) low-rep user, I feel like there are two worlds - the world of mortal (wo)men with, say, less than 500 reputation, and the world of supernatural beings with the gods at over 10,000 reputation. The gods interfere too much and too quickly in the affairs of men, while we should probably be encouraged to try to sort things out on our own, helping ...


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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 ...


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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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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 ...


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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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There are a few different things here, and all are worth discussing. Many of the 'high-rep' users have been around TeX for many years, and answer questions in a number of places. You can look at the first three pages of the user list, at least, and find very active TeX people. So I think 'burn-out' is unlikely. To some extent, all Q&A sites or forums ...


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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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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 ...


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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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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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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 ...


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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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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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Adding to Andrew's and Joseph's answers -- another thing high rep users could do is writing great tag wikis. Seeing all the knowledge that's around here, both in the questions and answers, and the expert users' heads, they could provide a great foundation and tacitly answer many questions.


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