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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 about 112,000 answers, and the average upvotes per answer is about 3. This is an extraordinary achievement. Not only are we providing a huge number of answers to ...


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OK, normally we don't comment on moderation actions, but given the scope of what happened (and, really, the fact that you all figured it out anyway), we thought a brief statement is in order. For quite some time we've been investigating a pattern of fraudulent activity involving multiple accounts. When we deleted several accounts which were engaged in vote ...


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You are editing a lot of posts which are closed and have a negative score. Such questions are regularly deleted by an automatic deletion routine (often termed the "roomba"). When a question is deleted, all associated reputation gains and losses are reversed. In particular, the 2 reputation you gained from suggesting an edit that was subsequently approved ...


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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 the form of an automatic answer ban, please raise a custom flag on a typical post of theirs to guide our attention to it. We have acted on this type of ...


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We are not a forum, but a question and answer site. It is not the aim of the SE model to encourage debate, but to provide (more or less) definite answers to definite questions. Though comments may contain worthwhile information, reputation is granted for contributions towards good questions and answers. Comments are transient by design, and subject to ...


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It's unfortunate to hear that you are so personally offended. I assure you that the people who implemented this policy were probably not aware of your existence when they made it, so I hope that knowledge helps to lessen the amount you feel personally insulted. The sad reality is that this policy works extremely well. 50 reputation points is not difficult ...


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Meta is for discussion and support for the main site, and questions and answers here are not based on physical expertise. Thus, you don't get any reputation here (but you also don't lose reputation for getting downvoted). This is the case for all per-site-metas, cf. this meta.SE post. Meta.SE is the only meta-like site on the network which has reputation.


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Yes, there is a 1 rep point hit for downvoting answers. There isn't any reputation hit for downvoting questions. I've noticed that really bad answers tend to attract 3-4 downvotes and then the author is motivated to remove the answer. When an answer that you downvoted is removed you get your reputation back. The reputation loss does make you think twice ...


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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 details of chat room privileges are described in this article.


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I am afraid that, as usual, we can't comment on moderation actions. I will echo tpg2114's comment that users are only ever removed because They explicitly request it. As a consequence of breaking the terms of service The Meta StackExchange faq on the matter is What does “user was removed” mean and why did my reputation change because of it? HDE 226868 ...


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It takes a fairly highly motivated person to put in all that effort to learn physics, and in general highly motivated people are going to be competitive. That means no matter how much we claim reputation doesn't really matter, the reality is that it is an important motivator. Hence the enthusiastic response to this question. Nevertheless REPUTATION DOESN'T ...


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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 pointing from physics.se to X.com will help convince Google that their site is trustworthy (because this site is highly ranked by Google), so they will make a bunch ...


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Your reputation will go to 1, and you won't be able to do anything except post, suggest edits, and accept answers. If you ask too many low quality questions after being asked not to, there's a chance you will get suspended, too. Please don't deliberately ask bad questions.


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I think that your point, that users with more rep points can throw around bad answers without much repercussions, while newer users get smashed is wrong on both counts. As an 'established user', posting an egregiously wrong answer and getting called out on it is a lot more visible, and a lot more embarrassing, than for new users. Further, people will be ...


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The main role of the reputation system is to encourage people to participate. There is something competitive within all of us that just loves being awarded points, even when they have no real value. You yourself say: I have personally experienced the thrill of earning 680 pts. of rep at ELU in a couple of minutes The key word being thrill. There's ...


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You can regain the migrated reputation by creating an account on EE.SE that is linked to your Phys.SE account.


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Consider a really bad question. It takes at least 5 users to vote to close it, which means 5 people looked at it. Should somebody get rep just because the first 5 people voted to close the question? Maybe it's borderline and 30 people look at it before it collects 5 votes to close. Or maybe 100 people look at it and think it's off-topic but they don't have ...


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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 badges. Quoting from there, positive question record (total questions - negative questions - closed - deleted) ...


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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 such a threshold which we don't know about because the criteria are kept secret. If it looks like there is a threshold, that's probably only because the low-...


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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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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.


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Whoa, 1,741 votes removed! (How on Earth did they manage to upvote me the 1 rep point?) I've noticed that over the last few weeks I've been getting lots of upvotes on old questions, and in her answer to Serial up- or down-voting reversed Gwen said she had been reading old questions and upvoting the ones she liked. I also note she's no longer a member, so ...


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I can't recall which question here on the Meta this was discussed (and it may have been yours now that I think about it) but there's some difficult things that go on with any reputation system. But particularly those on a site like Physics which draws people from a wide range of backgrounds. A site like StackOverflow suffers a little less from it because ...


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I think many of us have at some point been dispirited, when an answer on an advanced topic that took a lot of effort to write received very few upvotes; and answers on basic subjects that took much less effort are upvoted far more. To be honest, I stopped reading right there and perhaps you'll stop reading right here - or maybe not. Look, when you ...


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Your loss through "User removed" has been 15 reputation points. This means someone who upvoted three of your questions or one question and one answer has been removed. I don't know how you concluded that this should be the user you link to, but it evidently isn't - there is no way to tell for us ordinary users which user removal your reputation lass was ...


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Looking at your reputation history then 51 p comes from 100 p association bonus minus 50 p bounty plus 1 initial p, which do not count as points earned on Phys.SE. So effectively you have earned 60 p - 51 p = 9 p on Phys.SE. So it seems that you indeed were blocked by the 10 p protection. See also this and this related meta posts.


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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 sure you understand how the community works before you start judging its content. The page Privileges contains more information about other privileges you can get ...


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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 report is the linear progression from January 27 through January 29: Note that this growth trend is already on some shaky ground. The simplest ...


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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 contrast it is widely accepted that having deleted answers does count against you. So in your place I would leave my answer in place and not delete it.


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