Yesterday my reputation on Math.SE was around 2450 points. Today I logged in and I saw, unexpectedly, that it is 3913. I have not gained any reputation since yesterday, according to my profile page. So why did I receive this massive increase in points?

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    $\begingroup$ You can now vote to reopen unfairly closed questions, or to close crap. Don't miss it! The goal of this gift rep was exactly to give more saying to the question askers. $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Nov 19, 2019 at 4:39
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    $\begingroup$ Might be worth telling someone on stack exchange to put out an actual full notification to every current user to alleviate the confusion. $\endgroup$
    – user64742
    Nov 24, 2019 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ @TheGreatDuck They did send out an email, but it would be easy to miss it. $\endgroup$ Dec 9, 2019 at 18:17

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The reputation for an upvote on a question has been changed from +5 to +10, as announced in this blog post: We’re Rewarding the Question Askers. (So now reputation gained from an upvote on a question is the same as the reputation gained from an upvote on an answer.)

You can check in your reputation tab or in the reputation breakdown that question upvotes now contribute by +10 to your reputation.

Here is a similar question on Meta Stack Exchange: My reputation suddenly raised by 10k!

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    $\begingroup$ I like this change and wanted to suggest it a while ago. It seemed that there was no real payoff to ask a good question, when you can post just the question and get potentially a full answer anyways. $\endgroup$
    – Cornman
    Nov 14, 2019 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ Martin, just to confirm. For each upvote on one of my questions, I receive now +10? instead of +5? I did my calculations and I have 108 upvotes (in some of my questions I have +3,+2,etc. upvotes), but I only got approx. +600 points. Why? $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Nov 14, 2019 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Isabella Since you’ve already received 5 reputation per upvote, the change will give you only an additional 5 reputation per upvote you received in the past. 108 upvotes means 540 extra reputation. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2019 at 18:32
  • $\begingroup$ @TheoreticalEconomist so it would be 540+400 (approx. rep. that I had) =940 $\neq 1016$ ? $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Nov 14, 2019 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Isabella Based on this query it seems that your non-CW questions had 119 upvotes the last time SEDE was updated. BTW you have access to your reputation breakdown also here: math.stackexchange.com/reputation. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2019 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ Also, the reputation leagues have not been updated yet - at the last update (which show rep before recalc) you had 421 rep points. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2019 at 19:05
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak ahh. I understand now. Seems like I don't even know how to count in these days.. .Thank you! $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Nov 14, 2019 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ My score doubled. I was about to report a bug when I saw this question. :-) $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2019 at 21:18
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    $\begingroup$ I hope this does not cause an influx of low quality/spammy questions. They should perhaps change the question downvote rep to -2 or -4 also. It is true that good questions are harder to come by than good answers, though, so it’s a good thing overall. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2019 at 4:27
  • $\begingroup$ seemingly got me out of a question asking ban so @Certainlynotadog has a point. $\endgroup$
    – user645636
    Nov 16, 2019 at 13:20
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    $\begingroup$ @RoddyMacPhee I'm only seeing five questions for you on the main site, and not many votes on any of them... $\endgroup$
    – David R.
    Nov 16, 2019 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ Deleting material that gets downvoted counts. As will voting to close your own question most likely. Or changing certain other things. been unable to ask for 80+ days unless I somehow had it back sooner and didn't bother checking. $\endgroup$
    – user645636
    Nov 16, 2019 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Certainlynotadog I think it's true for this site and some others but not for all of them, especially not for SO. In math we have a great deal of unsolved "questions" that may lead to significant advances in the subject once answered. At the same time in software engineering it's really hard to come up with anything that is not already answered somewhere in the docs or requires a minimal bit of logical thinking to get solved. $\endgroup$
    – ayorgo
    Nov 27, 2019 at 14:14
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    $\begingroup$ @ayorgo that would mean good questions are even harder to find there then, no? ;) $\endgroup$ Nov 27, 2019 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Certainlynotadog exactly, which makes praising every question even less efficient. $\endgroup$
    – ayorgo
    Nov 28, 2019 at 17:10

Since some users might be interested in discussing this recent change further, it might be useful to point out there are several related discussions on Meta Stack Exchange, such as:

  • $\begingroup$ This is a CW-answer, feel free to add further pointers to related discussions. (Since there is large number of posts on Meta Stack Exchange reacting to the recent change, we should try to choose the most relevant ones. Of course, this might not be always easy and which of the threads are important is a judgement call.) $\endgroup$ Nov 15, 2019 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ I got 2400 points suddenly despite almost leaving all sections of MSE siteS completely for many reasons, where I write in better sites most of my contents I think, but it seems this the bonus of the year for all writers here, enjoy it $\endgroup$ Dec 18, 2019 at 14:47

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