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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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What the hell, I just lost 582 reputation points

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 ...
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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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Reputation decreases without reason

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 ...
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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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Why no reputation for good comment?

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 ...
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Can one earn reputation on Physics Meta?

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 ...
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Why do you need 50 reputation to comment on other posts?

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 ...
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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 ...
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What the hell, I just lost 582 reputation points

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 ...
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Is it wise to keep the relation between votes and rep linear?

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 ...
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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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Answers should be rated. A suggestion to the Team

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. ...
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What the hell, I just lost 582 reputation points

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 ...
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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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Reputations per view of a question?

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? ...
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What happens to reputation earned when question is migrated?

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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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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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.
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Message incorrectly claims I need 10 reputation points to answer, when I already have 10 points

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 ...
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Bug with user removal?

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 ...
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Answers should be rated. A suggestion to the Team

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 ...
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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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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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