I sometimes look at profiles , but occasionally i see something remarkable. Example : 0 questions 0 answers 0 votes 0 views 0 badges reputation 395.

Where did that 395 come from then ? Are the questions hidden ? Profile changed ? IT trick ?


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    $\begingroup$ Could you please provide a link to the example? Were you looking at a profile on meta.math.stackexchange.com? $\endgroup$ Sep 14, 2012 at 21:04
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    $\begingroup$ If you previously belong to other stackexchange sites, then you get some bonus points when you join math.stackexchange . $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Sep 15, 2012 at 16:51

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There are at least two possibilities:

  1. Account association with an account on another SE site that itself has earned 200 rep, gives a one-time bonus of 100 rep.

  2. A suggested edit to a question or answer, which is later approved by a user with 2000+ rep will earn the suggester 2 rep. This possibility goes away once the user reaches 2000 rep -- auto-approved edits are worth nothing.

So a user with no questions or answers but 395 rep probably has the initial 1 rep, a 100 rep association bonus, and 147 accepted edit suggestions. (Or no bonus and 197 edits).

  • $\begingroup$ Don't you need 1000 reputation, or something like that, to be able to do the edits? $\endgroup$
    – GeoffDS
    Sep 15, 2012 at 21:25
  • $\begingroup$ I know for sure that users with 101 rep can suggest edits. I think all registered users can, and also unregistered users under some additional conditions. $\endgroup$ Sep 15, 2012 at 22:55

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