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I've got a smattering of upvotes on my small number of answers but my reputation has never budged. Can someone explain why this is so?

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The questions that you have answered on MathOverflow are all "Community Wiki" posts, and votes on these don't affect reputation.

What are "Community Wiki" posts?

Questions that ask for a list of examples, and so don't have a single "correct" answer, are often made Community Wiki.

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    $\begingroup$ I actually believe that the main goal/role of cw is to prevent people to get huge reputation based on big-list questions, and restrict getting reputation on somewhat mathematical contributions. $\endgroup$ – YCor Jul 14 '18 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ I guess that this has been discussed here many times, but it's probably worth mentioning that using CW as a way to avoid reputation gain (as mentioned in @YCor's comment) seems to be specific to MO and a few other sites. (It's not network-wide approach and possibility to make a post CW was intended for a different purpose.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jul 14 '18 at 11:16

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