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Congratulations to anna v, our second 200k user

Thank you, Rob, it has been a nice trip these ten years. I was forced to retire from research in 2000, because of civil service rules, and did not want to stay on (with various grants) because money ...
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John Rennie, the nerd, crosses the 200k. Congratulations!

I would place a slightly different emphasis on this and instead highlight the progress of the Physics SE. A quick play with the Data Explorer tells me that between us the site members have written ...
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Of your 65 answers to date, you've written 59 in the last ten days. If you continued at that pace for very long, you would become one of the most prolific answerers of questions in our community. ...
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Congratulations to ProfRob on reaching 100k!

Thanks. I aimed for simultaneity, but missed by a week. It's probably time to get on with some proper work now.
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Is the Stack Exchange reputation point system discouraging?

Rob's answer covers most of the ground, but I'll chime in with some additional comments. I hope that I create enough reputation and put my Stackexchange reputation in my CV. So, the reputation points ...
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Discouraging serial editors

Users cannot gain more than 2k reputation from edits, cf. the "Can I earn reputation?" section here, so there is a natural and rather low limit to such "farming". Note that once ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Remove the reputation cutoff for the answer ban

Greetings from one of your human exception handlers! If you think that there's a user who needs some intervention to produce better-quality content, and you suspect that intervention is not coming in ...
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Discouraging serial editors

I think you're being unkind when you assume the purpose is to farm reputation. I suspect I know the user you mean since I've been seeing a lot of suggested edits that consisted mostly of adding links ...
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My answer got me -15 points! Why?

The user accepted your answer on Jan 1 at 22:15 (UK time), giving you +15 points, then today they changed their mind and unaccepted the answer so you got a -15 point reversal. Overall your net rep ...
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How to promote “hidden gems”

There seems to be conflation of two issues here. One is suggested in the title: how to bring attention to a good answer that hasn't gotten enough attention. The other is the issue of working really ...
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About stack exchange problem solving website

You need 100 rep to upload photos. For now you can upload the photo to your favourite image hosting site, e.g. Imgur, and then post the link to it in the chat room. As mentioned in a comment, the ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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What is the "positive question record"?

This was answered in the comments, but to make it more formal: the documentation for this and all badges is in the help centre and in the cross-network Meta Stack Exchange; in this case in Asking days ...
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The reputation bar to add a comment should be reduced

It can happen many a times that there will be someone who doesn't do physics or care at all about it, but they have this website www.X.com that they want to promote, and having a bunch of links ...
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Why did I get 20 reputation without any upvote or bookmark?

FWIW, the -4 negative reputation points for the 2 downvotes (which were cast before the upvotes) were exceptionally not counted because that would have resulted in a total non-positive reputation for ...
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Reputation of the user increased without activity

Users that have (or had at one time) more than 200 reputation on any site in the network are granted an association bonus of 100 reputation on every other site.
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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Remove the reputation cutoff for the answer ban

I've never seen or heard anything about a reputation threshold above which a user is immune from the answer ban. Nor have I seen any reason to suspect that there is one. Of course, there could be ...
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What happens when you try to upvote a question (or an answer) but you don't have enough reputation?

Voting is a privilege you have to earn. If you don't have at least 15 rep points, you cannot upvote; and if you don't have at least 125 rep points, you cannot downvote. This is done in part to make ...
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my reputation increases faster as I get more reputation

You've been on this site for a sum total of two weeks. That is nowhere near enough data to say anything conclusive. In particular, the only backing in your reputation tab for the observation that you ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Why was my self-answer accepted, and why did I get +5 rep?

You didn't get +5 for the accept - that was just an unrelated upvote today. The answer was accepted by you yourself back on Apr 10 '16 four minutes after you wrote it, as can be seen from the timeline....
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Error in grammar/distribution of votes

That question seems to be a red herring. The yellow on-hold message text is primarily meant for the original poster (OP), not you. The deduction of 2 points from your reputation is caused by ...
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How do answers with a score of zero affect the reputation?

The exact algorithm that Stack Exchange uses to identify problematic users has never been revealed but I doubt having a zero voted answer matters (your answer has no upvotes nor downvotes). By ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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I know the answer but the site prevents me from answering because I have no reputation. What am I to do?

If you're logged out, you'll see a banner like this one in the place where the "answer question" box usually is: Most of our questions don't have this banner and they can be answered by ...
rob's user avatar
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I can't ask questions even if there are only 2 questions with negative points, why?

If we compute your question record, we find: 10 total questions 2 deleted questions 4 negative-scored questions 4 closed questions $$ \frac{ \text{total} - \text{negative} - \text{closed} - \text{...
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Is there a reputation limit from creating accounts on other stack exchange sites?

This is called the "association bonus." It grants you some of the basic per-site privileges like being able to comment, based on your having been granted these privileges elsewhere on the ...
rob's user avatar
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Does the mechanism for marking duplicates change when you reach 50k rep, and if so, can this be avoided?

This is a feature added since 2014: Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders. To put it simply, users can now unilaterally close a question as a duplicate if they have at least a gold ...
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Reputation suddenly reduced: got no reason

You deleted one of your questions, which has $2$ upvotes and $1$ downvote, thereby removing $2\times 5+1\times(-2)=8$ reputation pts.
Qmechanic's user avatar
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Should commenting be unrestricted?

The structure of Stack Exchange site privileges is partly gamification to get you hooked, but it is also about controlling both malicious and negligent attacks on the system. Comments are not ...
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Mysteriously losing reputation

I don't know how your reputation tab looks to you, since you don't have the privilege of viewing deleted posts, but it looks like you earned several +2 rep points for suggesting edits to posts which ...
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