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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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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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 ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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26 votes
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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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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 ...
amWhy's user avatar
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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.
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
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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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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.
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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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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Does the reputation system encourage easy answers and low quality questions?

I'm going to invert this a bit. First, I'll answer your title question: Yes. ...but you probably don't have much of a reason to care, at least for the concerns you seem to be bringing up in the body ...
Derek Elkins left SE's user avatar
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Does reputation change if an answer gets deleted due to deletion of original post by vote(s)?

In general, yes, points gained on answers that get deleted because the question gets deleted are lost. Following an undeletion the points are restored. However, if your post satisfies both of: has ...
quid's user avatar
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What is the reason for this change of reputation? Reputation tab says "-2" and "removed".

You had gotten +2 yesterday for an accepted suggested edit on "Is the following a valid proof that shows a limit does not exist?" This post you had edited, then got deleted for some reason. As a ...
quid's user avatar
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Change in computation of "Announcer" badges?

Some people wondered about the same question also on Meta Stack Exchange: What's going on with the Announcer badge?, Suddenly getting “Announcer” badges every few minutes? Recently, some bug was ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Users with only 1 reputation but many posts. How can it happen?

Users can be placed in timed suspension by per-site moderators or SE staff (the reasons for this are varied and as a rule the specific reason is not discussed publicly). During this period the ...
quid's user avatar
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Why does my reputation keep going up?

You gain 2 points when you accept an answer (except if you wrote the answer yourself), and you get 5 points if someone upvotes one of your questions. To "abuse the system" here means that you write ...
Najib Idrissi's user avatar
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Migrating a question to Meta doesn't decrease reputation

The question still exists on the main site, so they keep their reputation – for now that is. The question is left as a stub, or pathway to the new site, for 30 days, after which it is automatically ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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13 votes

How I can Get reputation?

To be clear, "MathJax" is a version of "TeX" or "LaTeX", which is the current professional standard for typesetting mathematics. It's a little goofy, but not so hard to ...
paul garrett's user avatar
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Drop in reputation from question that has no downvotes

I suppose this specific case was explained satisfactorily in the comments. I will add a brief explanation about an easier way to find the same information in your profile. When viewing your reputation ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
12 votes

Deduction in rep for downvoting

The $-1$ reputation is to deter serial or competitive down voting. For a scenario, say you have an answer with 4 up votes, and someone else has an answer with 3. You're afraid of theirs coming ahead ...
Travis's user avatar
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12 votes
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Why is the user search so out of date?

You were only looking at the reputation earned during the current month: Click on the "all" to get cumulative reputation (modulo caching):
user642796's user avatar
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Reputation points earned solely by asking questions

I rewrote query by Martin Sleziak into this: https://data.stackexchange.com/math/query/891053/top-users-with-no-answer-scores?num=100 Hope it helps. If still joining on users, you can explicitly ...
Nik Bren's user avatar
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How to increase your 'mathStack' reputation quickly?

Have you noticed all the down votes your question received? This is (probably) because people who put gaining rep over creating a good experience for others, and having a good experience themselves, ...
JonathanZ's user avatar
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11 votes
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Getting reputation back after deleting answer

Yes, this is correct. Votes cast earlier on deleted content do not influence your reputation down the road; roughly speaking, the reputation is determined based on non-deleted content only. (There are ...
quid's user avatar
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How do we earn reputation more easily?

To elaborate a bit on Alexander Gruber's answer on a matter of experience, I've done a fair bit of everything around the site (that someone with my rep can do): I have asked (somewhat okay) homework ...
PrincessEev's user avatar
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11 votes
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Why don't I get reputation points for edits anymore?

It is possible to earn at most 1000 reputation points through suggested edits. See: Why is there a limit on edit reputation reward? "Can I earn reputation?" section in: How do suggested edits work? ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
11 votes

Why did my reputation suddenly increase by 1500 points?

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: Should the weight ...
11 votes
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Rationale and need for rule barring low-reputation users from inserting images

We already had users posting pornographic pictures, or stuff like that. I think that's a good enough reason. At the very least require someone to add something of possible value to the site before ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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11 votes
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Are there any users who have invested more than what they presently have?

As already mentioned in comments, SEDE can be used for such queries. I took the query showing the users with most bounties awarded and I have sorted it based pm percentage of the reputation given away ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar

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