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Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

Let me answer from the perspective of someone who is not a mathematician but follows this community for certain topics of interest. This is a community of professional mathematicians where, indeed, ...
30 votes

Statistics showing that more reputation for questions leads to better questions

I've looked at some related questions on Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault. On those sites, I found no evidence that voting patterns changed as a result of the reputation payout. Given the ...
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Reputation and badges are no longer visible next to the users' names

This is not a mistake. It’s an intentional change to the site that the board and moderators agreed on. We coordinated poorly and did not have a formal announcement ready when the change rolled out; ...
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We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

My favorite JDH paragraph, from Have you solved problems in your sleep?, is worth quoting in full. At times, naturally, it is an interesting (or obsessive) MathOverflow question that I set myself to ...
18 votes

Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

I received a huge reputation boost from this change, but I still think that answering a question still takes much more effort than writing well-posed questions. Coming up with a good mathematical ...
15 votes

Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

I don't have a strong opinion on this subject, but insofar as I have one, it is this: Changing the rules is more trouble than it's worth. I lost points back when +10 was downgraded to +5, and I ...
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15 votes

We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

A lot of Joel David Hamkins best questions are things which are really elementary in statement, but quickly lead to thorny logical issues. Examples here are this question about a game involving ...
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Viewing reputation and badges is now opt-in and compatible with the new front page

Maybe it might be useful to collect examples of some situations where it is actually useful to see the users reputation. (In the other words, some cases in which MO users might want to switch the ...
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Is it possible to know the list of removed users?

Let me first say that I'll try to answer your question generally, not to concentrate on the specific user you're looking for. So I understand the question as: "Is it possible to find user account ...
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Reputation and badges are no longer visible next to the users' names

For users with an ad-blocker who want the old behaviour back: it seems adding https://cdn.sstatic.net/Js/webpack-chunks/8844.6aa9de60ac9aca9f14f4.en.js to your ...
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We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

My favorite answer by Joel was to the fourth question I ever asked on MathOverflow, six years ago. I was just recently wishing there was an 'MO appreciation thread' on meta where users could express ...
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How can this user have a negative year reputation?

They offered almost 4000 reputation in bounties so far this year: https://mathoverflow.net/users/8133/noah-schweber?tab=bounties Note that the -4827 is the decrease in rank, not in reputation, that's '...
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Where did the reputation go?

StackExchange is constantly evolving. Since the script is maintained by the moderators, and we are not notified in advance about these changes, we have no choice but to be reactive. Changes happen, ...
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How could I compute my "candidate score"?

The criteria are described exactly in What are the details on the "candidate score" which shows during an election?. Moreover, What would my Election Candidate score be? includes a link to a ...
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Reviving questions from the PROMYS application?

This is a genuinely tricky question. I incline toward agreeing with the policy that while we can try to keep problems off the site while applications are open, we can't be expected to play whack-a-...
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We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

His answer, explaining different ways to think about the continuum hypothesis is a really good one.
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Rep being recalculated: Qs get +10 now?

The recalculation is being processed in parallel across the entire network. Since it's run per user, some users on a site might get the change before others. We also had technical difficulties that ...
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An error in calculations of percents in reputations?

If you click on the number "0.0x%", the links gets you to reputation league for MathOverflow. (The link given in the question is actually list of the registered users and not the reputation league.) ...
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5 points for an upvote to an answer?

There is daily reputation limit of 200 reputation points - meaning that it is not possible to get more than 200 reputation points in a single day from upvotes. (It is still possible to get more ...
8 votes

Statistics showing that more reputation for questions leads to better questions

You wrote: For myself, on a completely personal level, I have noticed that I am less motivated now to ask well thought-out questions because they are "worth less". Is this experience shared? Can it ...
8 votes

We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

As an amateur mathematician with an interest in set theory and computability, I have to say JDH has probably advanced my mathematical knowledge in those areas more than anyone else (there are some ...
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Serial voting was reversed

It pretty much coincides with my reputation reversal of one vote on another site in the network. Normal serial voting reversals happen around 3am UTC, and I asked about it here - the response I got ...
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We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

Congratulations to professor Hamkins for this achievement! I hope I am not off the rails here, since his answers are mostly above my level of understanding. But I wanted to mention his great book ...
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We have our first user with more than 200K reputation!

As for favorites (or "favourites", if you like), I will go with this one for narrow selfish reasons. It is his answer to a question of mine that I intended less than fully literally, but he ...
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Undo accepting the answer

Here is a comprehensive description of actions which lead to reputation change, and by how much: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/269653/why-did-i-gain-lose-reputation-can-i-audit-my-...
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Can MO go back to +5 rep for questions? Should it?

I am not against the change, but I am strongly against the change being implemented retroactively. I felt the same way when question upvotes were changed from 10 points to 5 points retroactively, and ...
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Reputation displays after an edit even if opted out

We rolled out the fix. Thank you for noticing that bug.
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My answer got upvoted, but no reputation increase?

That's a community wiki answer, and you don't get any reputation for upvotes on them (nor do you lose any from downvotes). The idea behind this is that they're easy to edit (for everybody with at ...
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Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible