This is highly subjective, but I've noticed that as my reputation has increased I seem to get slightly more upvotes. There are lots of possible explanations for this, but I wonder if people are more likely to upvote answers from people with higher reputations. I'm fairly sure that at least sub-consciously I give more weight to such answers.

This is obviously a good thing when you come to look back at an old question, but I wonder if hiding the reputation of an answerer for the first (say) 24 hours might lead to more representative voting?

Has this been tried on any other stack exchange sites?

  • I think it would be a pretty good idea.
    – Dynamic
    Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 15:11

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This has been discussed before on Meta Stack Overflow. I can't find the specific question, but a search for "hide reputation" gives 24 results.

These three questions:

Should there be anonymous answers (and questions)?

Should reputation be hidden until an answer is accepted?

Hide the rep and badge count on a user's info box on answers

Are closest to what you're asking

  • Thanks, I'd looked on here, but hadn't though to look for a meta.stackexchange. It seems like there was some general mild enthusiasm for the idea, but no official comment either way. Should I assume that the stackexchange team have considered and dismissed the idea? Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 9:29
  • @LukeGraham - probably ;)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Oct 14, 2011 at 9:35

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