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Questions and discussions on and related to the reputation point system used on the main site.

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Viewing reputation and badges is now opt-in and compatible with the new front page

This announcement is a little late (see the discussion here), but in response to discussions over many years, we (the moderators and board) have implemented a change to the site where by default, ...
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Reputation and badges are no longer visible next to the users' names

Right now it seems that a bug is affecting MO: reputation and badges are no longer displayed next to the users' names. This happens both on the front page: as well as on pages of individual questions:...
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Has there been a recalculation of reputation?

At the risk of being too venal: yesterday I had over 8500 and now I am under 7900. Anyone else experienced changes with similar orders of magnitude?
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We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

Congratulations to Joel David Hamkins who on (I think!) the 27th November 2022, was the first MathOverflow user to pass 200k reputation! Since Joel joined on the 19th November 2009, he has supplied ...
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Statistics showing that more reputation for questions leads to better questions

One of the more controversial aspects of the transition to MO2.0, for myself at least, was the reduction in the reputation added for upvotes on questions asked from +10 to +5, while retaining the ...
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Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

In case you missed the news, upvotes on questions now grant +10 reputation instead of +5, and the change has been implemented retroactively (most if not all users have already had their reputation ...
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Opting out of reputation

[Disclaimer. I'm making this feature request not because I want it nor because I think it's a good idea, but because I heard it so often that there is need to discuss it. Please don't shoot the ...
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Hiding reputation

In MathOverflow 1.0 we had the ability to hide other users' reputations. Can we get that again? (Also, I had to rewrite this question several times to get past an annoying box that said my question ...
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Development of the MathOverflow community

From the Stack Exchange Data Explorer one can obtain the following data: Number of people who joined MO in the last 4 years and have collected at least 10000 points: 96 Number of people who joined ...
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Why adding a comment requires 50 reputation points?

When a new member tries to write a comment he sees “add comment (requires 50 reputation)” but of course he has no so many points. On the other hand, answering does not require any reputation. Then the ...
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Rep being recalculated: Qs get +10 now?

So now StackExchange thinks questions are worth +10 rep again. Here is a comment where a StackOverflow user noticed their rep jump by ~6k. Just now I was presented with a banner announcing this ...
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Is it possible to know the list of removed users?

Today morning I learned that I have +4 reputation with notification "User was removed". I calculated that probably this removed user posted me two downvotes. Simultaneously my (not very ...
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Rationale for reputation change on "my" reputation page that says 'User was removed'

At MathOverflow > Help center > Reputation & Moderation I see the following: [...] a user who voted for one of your posts had their account deleted (either by request or due to violating ...
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What does "serial upvoting reversed" mean?

In my reputation history I see that I lost 75 points of reputation because of "serial upvoting reversed." What does that mean? It seems that this question was asked in passing in this discussion and ...
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Uncomfortable variability of MO reputation

Some of my reputation data on MathOverflow got changed in a past couple of days back and forth twice. In particular, my reputation went up 200 points, then back to the previous state, then up by 160 ...
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Does the point system encourage flooding the site with questions?

Presently, it may well seem to users who are not yet familiar with MathOverflow that flooding the site with questions is desirable and encouraged behavior -- at least this is what the point system ...
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How did I lose all my reputation points?

At the beginning of the summer I had around 1,172 reputation points. I didn't log on for a few months. Then, I saw that the site looked a little different and I looked at my profile and saw that I ...
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Reviving questions from the PROMYS application?

This elaborates on a comment I made on David Speyer's meta post. Someone posted at least one problem from this year's PROMYS application on MO--without labeling it as such, of course. One concerned ...
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Links to the reputation leagues are broken on MathOverflow

At the bottom of the users page you can find links to weekly / monthly / quarterly reputation leagues. Currently there is the following link: https://stackexchange.com/leagues/week/mathoverflow - it ...
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Is there such thing as "typical user reputation curve"?

This question is driven by sheer curiosity - maybe even vanity? My reputation curve acquired curious shape lately: I can even guess reasons (mostly personal) why the pace is so slow ever after June ...
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Weighing votes?

Judging by my own experience, reputation counting is far from perfect. Mine has been growing mostly thanks to answers to easy questions which I've been lucky to be first to read. On the other hand I ...
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Loss of reputation because a "user was removed"

I just noticed that I lost 10 points of rep because "user was removed". I don't get it.
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Reputation number not visible on main page

This is a very minor bug, but the reputation number seems not to be visible on the main site: Interestingly, it is visible in meta:
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Reputation displays after an edit even if opted out

I mentioned this in a comment on the main announcement regarding not automatically displaying reputation, but perhaps it is worth making into a formal bug report. After I edit a post, reputation is ...
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No reputation change signals if subtracted from bounty?

Right now I am observing the following. Usually every time I get an upvote somewhere, I get a signal about it in the upper right corner. Recently I declared a bounty (and awarded it for an answer) at ...
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Does not upvote always increase reputation?

I've got this Why did the upvote leave my reputation unchanged?
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How can this user have a negative year reputation?

How on earth did Noah Schweber (whose contributions to MathOverflow I always greatly enjoy) end up with a negative year reputation for 2020?
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5 points for an upvote to an answer?

just a curiosity, how is it possible to receive 5 points for an upvote to an answer to this question
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Serial voting was reversed

I was recently noticed "serial voting was reversed" on MO. I am curious about how this works, and what this exactly means (I don't have the feeling that I did something wrong). Note that I ...
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Double-counting reputation for migrated questions

Last month I answered a question on MO, which was later migrated to MSE. Upon migration, the up/down votes for my answer were migrated from MO to MSE. That makes sense. What I find strange is that ...
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Mysterious one point rep increase

Yesterday my reputation total increased by 1 point. As far as I know there is (was) no action which would trigger 1 point increase (downvoting gives $-1$, accepting an answer gives $+2$, etc.) I am ...
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Are downvotes zero cost?

I've just gotten a downvote on an answer in main and it did not result in a decrease in my total rep. Is this normal?
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An error in calculations of percents in reputations?

Looking at the MO reputation league I found that it shows up 1767 screens, all screns but the last one show up 9x4=36 users and the last screen shows 27 users. So totally MO has 1766x36+27=63 603 ...
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Reputation not moving up while having 27 upvotes

Do you have a clue why my reputation os not moving up while the last question I asked has 27 upvotes? Thanks, Jean-Pierre.
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Weird reputation log

One of the "recurring troublemakers" had made a recent appearance, but with reputation of 107 points, something was off, there were no posts and no edits. When I checked the reputation log on their ...
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Is "Reputation Top 0.90%" accurate?

This is a bit of a nit-pick, but I don't let my students get away with this, so it seems worth mentioning. In the reputation section of a user's page it might say something like: Reputation top 0.90% ...
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How could I compute my "candidate score"?

I have noticed that, during elections for moderators, the candidates are awarded a "candidate score", computed from their activity on MO. Is its algorithm public, so that I be able to ...
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Why don't I see the reputation gain?

Today I answered https://mathoverflow.net/a/178155 for the first time a question, and afterwards received an email to complete my registration. But upon completion I now only see the 101 points from ...
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Is there an association bonus for this site?

I used to have a 1 rep MO account. After the SE2.0 merger, I logged in, and while the accounts are showing up associated, I have not received the association bonus. My MO profile is still the same, ...
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Reputation's sliding window?

One may have the same weekly and monthly score. It's quite common. It's less common under such circumstances (of coinciding weekly and monthly gain) to be more advanced on the monthly list than on the ...
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My answer got upvoted, but no reputation increase?

My reputation score seems to be stuck at 510 even if some of my answers were up-voted recently. How do I fix this bug? How do I contact the moderators in order to solve (or at least understand) the ...
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Undo accepting the answer

When I accept someone's answer to my questio, then this user gets +15 reputation while I get +2 reputation. What will happen if I undo my decision? And what if I further acept somebody's else answer? ...
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The mystery of disappearing points

On the one hand, I earned around 100-some points in the last day, on the other hand, my total increased by something like 10. Is there some bug?
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Why is a user with many upvoted posts shown with reputation 1?

Sometimes I stumble upon a user who is shown with reputation 1 - despite the fact that the user has many upvoted posts and many badges, which means they should have higher reputation. Why does this ...
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Questions and Answers missing

List of my questions and my answers have disappeared in the new updated version today, though the data about how long I have been member, my location etc are intact. The reputation points have come ...
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Why is reputation change more than total reputation?

Could not find info on this anywhere: following a notification I went to a link where one sees: $$ \begin{array}{ccc} +1206& 1,008& 861\\ \textrm{change}&\textrm{total reputation}&\...
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What happens to reputation when I get merged?

A while ago I sent an email to the stackexchange team on recovering my account https://mathoverflow.net/users/21278/ben-lim. They said I should create a new account and merge it with the old one. This ...
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I keep getting reputation points for an answer to a CW question

I keep getting reputation points for an answer to the question Most intriguing mathematical epigraphs which has been made community wiki some days ago. Not that I don't like it but...
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Reputation for editing deleted questions disappears into memory hole?

It appears that reputation earned from editing a question that is subsequently deleted is not subtracted in a reputation-decreasing event (e.g. a "-2: edited question was deleted") that shows up in a ...
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Derivative of reputation score over time is identically zero [duplicate]

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?