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Why did my reputation suddenly increase by 1500 points?

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 ...
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Reputation - Why do so many people care?

Up to 20k there are moderation privileges gained from earning reputation. After that, it's mostly bragging rights. You can also spend reputation at any point to put a bounty on questions you'd like ...
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How do we earn reputation more easily?

The best way to gain reputation is simply to direct your efforts towards answering questions that aren't closed / do have proper context. Off-topic questions are mostly closed and deleted, so ...
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Will un-accepting an answer affect someone's reputation?

If you unaccept an answer, the author of the answer will lose 15 reputation points. Additionally, you yourself will lose 2 reputation points. However, if you select a new answer, then the new author ...
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Reputation - Why do so many people care?

Imagine playing a (video) game where there was no reward for achievement, where there were no consequences for stupid...how long would such a game hold your interest? How many people do you think ...
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How democratic and fair is the reward/reputation system actually?

You ask how democratic and fair the reputation system is. I will start by answering that "democratic" and "fair" are not the same thing. This site allows just about anyone to come in and upvote, and ...
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Why does the criterion for a good question change with reputation?

I do agree that sometimes higher reputation users are given greater leeway than lower reputation users. This is not just true with questions, but also "answers". This is unfortunate, but also somewhat ...
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Why does the criterion for a good question change with reputation?

Context is everything. When one of my students asks me "How can I solve question 1", I know what they are asking, I know what they were taught and what tools they have accessible to solving the ...
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Does the reputation system encourage easy answers and low quality questions?

Mathematics, unlike most other branches of human knowledge and experience, is relatively universal in the sense that everyone has to take some mathematics classes in their academic career. This means ...
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Why does ‘association bonus’ exist?

The point is that reputation is equivalent with privileges. If you have "enough" on one site, this means that you are familiar with some basic norms as to when to upvote, flag, comment or otherwise ...
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Why does the criterion for a good question change with reputation?

I answer questions on math.se for several reasons. In roughly decreasing order of priority: To help researchers with problems they run into (especially those from fields outside pure math, whose ...
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Deduction in rep for downvoting

It helps keep people from getting carried away with downvoting. If you didn't lose any points from it, you could downvote a lot of stuff (and you can kinda see that here on Meta). That $-1$ point is ...
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Isn't rewarding question askers taking away from downvotes?

It is not exactly clear to me what type of answer you are looking for, but for what it's worth: Yes, as far as reputation points are concerned the relative impact of downvotes on questions is ...
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Shared rep credits for edits

Nope. If you are to share in the upvotes of an edited question, then you're to share in the downvotes as well. And that would discourage the editing of questions that already have downvotes. This ...
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How do we earn reputation more easily?

I'd be much more empathetic to your question, had you asked "How can I contribute positively to this site?", and not asked only about how you can benefit by earning rep most easily. There's nothing ...
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Reputation - Why do so many people care?

One reason I like reputation: Reputation is a digital (and numeric!) substitute for feedback of appreciation or agreement. A lot of the people here have backgrounds in math education. Recall, for a ...
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I want to help but I cannot because the questions are already answered by high-level users

Most high reputation users have gotten that way by answering questions well, whether those questions are easy or hard, low-level or high-level. I think it is very important for the introductory ...
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A rule on subtracting reputation points

The timeline of this post reveals that you started a bounty worth 100 points on that date. The bounties are deducted from the rep tally immediately.
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I want to help but I cannot because the questions are already answered by high-level users

I have been advocating something like this for a long time (and trying to follow my own advice). I agree it is better, as a general practice, for users with significant reputation to wait a while ...
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Will I lose permission to comment if I start a bounty?

The privileges are tied to reputation, so if you offer a bounty and your reputation drops below a privilege threshold as a consequence, you lose the respective privilege until your reputation again ...
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Meta SE reputation

The purpose of votes isn't reputation. The purpose of votes is to determine what the community thinks of a particular post. It happens that on main, posts that are voted on are rewarded/sanctioned by ...
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A rule on subtracting reputation points

I will just mention that on the very page you linked you can see that the reputation decrease was due to the bounty, together with name of (and link to) the relevant post.
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Why does the person who is downvoting an answer get a downvote himself?

It is the case that casting a down-vote on an answer costs one point (except if the answer is CW); it is not really a down-vote one receives though. Moreover, the point is returned when/if the answer ...
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Why does the criterion for a good question change with reputation?

In each of the three you linked, the OP knew the material they were asking quite well and the kinds of questions they were asking were rather deep questions about integration and special function ...
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"Copying" someone else's comment for an answer

Comment-answers are not answers. The system doesn't treat them as answers, no reputation gain is possible, it is not possible for others to upvote [edit: whoops, you can upvote a comment; but it's not ...
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How do we earn reputation more easily?

Fortunately, others have done a great job giving real, holistic answers to your question. Here's my own rather opinionated take, which is more of 'a suggestion' than 'an answer'. (But it's far too ...
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