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I'm not a particularly high-ranked user (Programmers: 4892, SO: 16,584), but I don't ask many questions. That doesn't mean I don't have questions about the software I build. I have questions every single day. It just means my questions don't work well on StackExchange. My questions: Require too much context - It isn't feasible to share all of the business ...


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Speaking personally I'm at the stage in my career/life where I don't have many questions left to ask. What I do have is many years of experience in encountering the problems that other people ask about so I can offer my solutions, knowledge and experience to hopefully help them.


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Most people who get a high rank in this fashion do so partially because they understand how to work with SE sites in general to get information, and in their understanding is one little key factoid: Before asking on SE, you should do some of your own leg work to show you've tried to solve it yourself, as questions that show no effort on the part of the ...


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Would this even matter? Given the list of current candidates, most are active enough that their presence is far more telling than their reputation anyway, I really don't think the change would be a significant change either way. Also we only have 9 nominations so far, so I doubt we are going to get to the point where someone might get left out of a primary ...


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I think that one topic is missing here: Many experienced users are searching for answers before asking one. I, for myself, have found useful answers on the different stack exchange sites. So before I only think about asking a question I try to find an answer and have not to ask my question because my question was already asked by other people so I can use ...


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I'm sure there's always going to be overlap - look at the issues around certain Programmers questions that could be on The Workplace. The answer is not to infer that, because some questions are in the grey area between sites, that then all questions must be in the same grey area, and merging sites is required. I do think the "branding" between the sites ...


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I think one of the reasons is that people who answer questions a lot are willing to put much more effort into it. If you look at me, I read blogs, I read books, I watch presentations of conferences. If a question is interesting, I am willing to search through the documentation to find a type or method that fits or to look at the source code of the library ...


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This question What is the reasoning behind the reputation cap? on Meta Stack Overflow is probably the definitive one. There are several reasons including the one you mention. Another is to give you a reason to stop using the site - you've hit the reputation cap, there's no need to keep posting.


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Small inconsistencies like that are not uncommon, reputation synchronization is not immediate and what you are seeing on your SO profile is probably a cached version. However, the missing +4 is a refund from a post that was deleted on March 17, and since there where some recent changes to reputation regarding deleted posts, this might be a bug after all. ...


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One of your answers, the one with the 2 upvotes, is on a question that was made community wiki before you answered (or before you got any upvotes). You don't earn or lose rep for those - but you can still earn badges. Further investigating, the question was made community wiki on Nov 1 at 23:06, and you answered on Nov 2 at 10:21, so it was automatically ...


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I see very little wrong with this behavior. I only see two questionable statements - the one calling the question "silly" and the one indicating that "you're not listening at all". Those statements seem unnecessary. When you post a question, people can engage with it in multiple ways. Leaving comments is one such way. You can choose to ignore the comments ...


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I think it has to do with the nature of http://programmers.stackexchange.com. The questions on this particular site tend to be more conceptual by nature. Programming concepts are something you tend to learn earlier on in your career. That's not to say that you don't learn more concepts as your career goes on, but you generally have a good foundation and can ...


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While extremely impressive, it's not a record. Our top user, Pierre 303, had amassed 9500+ points his first couple of months, according to his reputation graph. Don't know if that's the record or not, dig around Data Explorer and let us know if you find someone with a faster pace.


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There is a "show removed posts" checkbox at the bottom of your profile's reputation tab, if you enable it you will see that two questions you had answers on were deleted. Past couple of days I've been doing routine cleanups, deleting closed & negatively scored questions. Most of them had no answers, I concentrated on old migration stubs, closed ...


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I don't know, not having access to the source code, but I suspect that changes within the 5 minute window during which votes can be changed wouldn't be recorded. So in your case the up-vote followed immediately by the removal of that vote are effectively not recorded. If the vote had "hardened" and then you edited the post which would allow the vote to be ...


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You are in the right place to ask this question. You don't receive reputation when someone responds to your question. Your question received one upvote, which added 5 reputation to your account for a total of 6, so everything seems to be working as expected.


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You have more than 2,000 reputation so you are trusted to make edits on your own now. Because there's no review there's no +2 for suggesting a good edit. You can still get +2 for suggesting tag wiki edits (up to the cap of 1,000 points of course)


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I was personally planning on doing it closer to the transition from nomination to either primary or election, and if there was a primary, again just before the election if I made it that far. If anyone wants me to do it sooner, comment here and I'd be more than happy to do it immediately. Personally, I would be in favor of a recalc right before the voting ...


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A reputation recalc does a few "fixups" as well, including some migration cleanup to ensure you get reputation for your content even with old migrations (we have increased the robustness of the migration process over time, but don't want to forget any old data). You're seeing the result of this in action, enjoy your long lost rep!


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There's some argument for shipping those questions over here, and not just centered around the file things neatly because everything has its place manner of thinking. Stack Overflow, today, doesn't really like those kinds of questions1 and many would be happy to ship the impetus for folks to ask them over here. But that's just it, Stack Overflow loses ...


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The -1 reputation cost for down voting answers is still in place on all Stack Exchange sites. It's only the -1 for down voting questions that's been removed and that has been removed network wide.


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There are checks to "recall" mass voting by a singular user in either direction. It's quite possible that your friend got caught in one of them. I'll do some digging, but I'm fairly certain there isn't a way for me to override the system and apply those votes. A quick scan shows one user (14 days old) that had a number of upvotes on your questions. I can't ...


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I know a few high-ranked users who have asked little to no questions. I think there is a certain element of confidence and bravado whereby they don't feel that they have many questions left or much to ask. This may be true. My experience over 30 years tells me that is unlikely to be true. That's why I feel it's important to keep finding and asking ...


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Just saying, but I'm sure a lot of people have multiple accounts - one for asking questions and one for posting especially good answers. They can then use their 'answering' account on their resumé/CV, keeping any newbie questions they may have asked concealed. :)


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