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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Let's look at the data. First up is a plot of acceptance rates versus the number of answers, with a weighted GAM smooth superimposed (courtesy ggplot2). It shows $...
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Do answers with equations and formulas in them get more votes?

In short: I think that the bottom-line is that in terms of correlations, there is not a clear effect. It differs per user, and if we would scale the number of equations by the size of the post then ...
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Why do gibberish answers get any upvotes?

As far, as I can verify, it was me who made the upvote. Out of fun and out of curiosity. I also thought it was inconsequential since the answer will get flagged and removed soon and since I would ...
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Increasing reputation needed for creating tags?

I think us going towards a higher threshold is reasonable. In a way, CV.SE is a mature site/community anyway so the "obvious" tags are by and large covered. Bringing our threshold in line ...
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Preventing minor stylistic edits on old, duplicated posts (or not pushing those posts at the top of the feed)

These proposals are quite different. Reduce the incentive to edit. To a reputation gain of 1? To 0? Already the incentive is very small and matches the idea that such edits are small (but positive) ...
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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

1. To what extent is this a common experience of new answerers? Do we lose noticeable number of potentially active participants this way? I think I felt similarly when I started participating, and it ...
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GINI score - what does the distribution of reputation across CV look like?

Well thanks for nerdsniping me. My prior query in the comments is limited due to the idiosyncratic conventions of the data explorer to return only 50,000 rows. In that query I got around this problem ...
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Why can members with low reputation post bounties worth more than their total reputation?

Bounties operate as follows: You cannot start a bounty if you have less than 75 reputation. You cannot make them for more reputation than you have (you can't start a 100 point bounty with 90 ...
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Why do we still lose points when a user is removed from the system?

The 'why' is mainly addressed in the post Glen_b linked under your question: Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted The main causes are 'vote fraud' and 'sock puppeting accounts' (...
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Just had 170 points removed. Excessive?

A lot of people across the SE network have noticed the same thing: see Massive user removal in one night? & Please update the text in help for "User was Removed" reputation changes. In ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

The question is asking about rich-get-richer at the level of users (high rep users getting undeserved attention as they get higher rep). I'll address that first, but I'll then discuss a slightly ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

One example where rich definitely do get richer causally (i.e. after controlling for quality), is questions, in particular newly posted questions. The more upvotes a newly posted question gets, the ...
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Is there any way to detect / prevent user repeatedly performing minor edits to bring the post into top pages?

(To make sure this gets an answer) As whuber mentions, there's an automatic mechanism to detect large numbers of edits and flag the moderators (the community bot is a source of a variety of flags of ...
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What happens to reputation score if checked answer to on-hold question?

I'm surprised you haven't run into this several times already! Writing an answer that helps the user (which you clearly did) doesn't make the answer on-topic. It's nice to help a user when we can but ...
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Problem with the Mortarboard badge?

Association bonuses (and bounties, had you had any) don't count toward the total. It comes from upvotes (+10 per answer vote, +5 per question), accepted answers (+15), and the odd +2's you get for ...
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Why am I not gaining reputation for upvotes?

You (or possibly a moderator) seem to have checked the "community wiki" box when editing the question. The result being, that the post has become a community wiki post, which means there are no ...
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Why am I not notified and my reputation is not increasing when my comment is upvoted?

You ask about earning reputation for posting comments. Because comments are "second-class citizens" on SE, they do not accrue reputation and you are not notified of votes on them. The only thing ...
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What happens to reputation if an upvoted answer is moved to another SE site?

What happens to reputation if an upvoted answer is moved to another SE site? The answer is deleted in the source site and the reputation is revoked. Votes are migrated to the target site with their ...
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Why do we still lose points when a user is removed from the system?

I agree that unless some vote fraud happened, it makes no sense to remove the votes. One of the main issues I have with that current rule is that losing votes on one question may result in the ...
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How can a new user with not enough rep comment on a question that the same user has previously asked while unregistered?

As @whuber notes, you need to register and merge your accounts. Here is my boilerplate text that provides the relevant information: Please register &/or merge your accounts (you can find ...
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All reputation is gone

The analysis of the situation revealed that I accidentally set up two accounts one for CrossValidated and one for Quant forum. Then the Quant login propagated to CrossValidated automatically as a ...
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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

To what extent is this a common experience of new answerers? Do we lose noticeable number of potentially active participants this way? Probably. I certainly answer less because of it (not that I'm ...
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Preventing minor stylistic edits on old, duplicated posts (or not pushing those posts at the top of the feed)

I don't think it is really a problem that old posts are being pushed back to the top of the feed due to minor edits - even if they are duplicates etc. People can always switch to ...
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Are new answerers feeling like they "speak into the void"? And can we help?

As a reader looking to better my practice, I welcome answers that are clear and broken down in detail. As a learner that will eventually look to help others I would welcome some guidance of what a ...
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How do I find what percent of my points come from which tags?

Unless I'm reading your question wrong, amoeba's comment pretty much answers it: Something like that? https://stats.stackexchange.com/users/22452/engrstudent?tab=tags The only thing left there ...
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Increasing reputation needed for creating tags?

I've raised the reputation required to create tags to 1000 - in general this setting doesn't get customized on a per-site basis. It's pretty much 300 network-wide with the exception of Math and ...
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Preventing minor stylistic edits on old, duplicated posts (or not pushing those posts at the top of the feed)

I feel an obligation to answer, because the mentioned post was edited by me. Whether you agree or not (which is totally OK) it might be interesting for you to learn about my motivations and my ...
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How come I can see the reputation history of other users?

I was trying to hack the system. Data explorer I could not find anything here. The following query is the closest thing https://data.stackexchange.com/stats/query/847098/user-reputation-history you ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Supposedly rich get richer in economy (and life). Those who claim this to be a fact, usually, state that the reason is because the income from labor (wages) grows slower than return on capital. So ...
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