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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 $11,609$ users. The strongest signal is a strong "learning effect" for those with $25$ or fewer answers. (There are many possible explanations: it's not necessarily due to learning to write high-...


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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 actually the post scores become lower for more equations. To see if there are causal effects one might still do some alternative experiments, but the ...


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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 remove the upvote few minutes later anyway. I didn't care that the answer was just posted, nor did I know that there is a badge for upvotes. I can't answer the ...


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CV's a democracy of a kind, so many standard political points arise. The first lessons in politics include learning that many other people are very confident in telling you should be voting this way or you shouldn't be voting that way. Excuse me: they're my votes, or not. Within the rules, I vote as I like. (I don't impute or infer attempts to offend, ...


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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) contributions. And the implication that any member is driven just by a desire for reputation is hard to test: we don't know what people's motives are unless ...


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I think I'm the OP, assuming the post in question is this one. I had a question about something on John Kruschke's "Doing Bayesian Data Analysis" slides. Two weeks later, while looking for something else entirely, I found a paper in which Dr. Kruschke discussed the topic more comprehensively. Since no one had answered the question, I wrote up a little ...


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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 was years before I became a regular user. As with most communities, this one has some unusual norms that take a while to learn - especially since there's no ...


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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 by only selecting users with a reputation over 1 (people who sign up for the site and have their account associated de facto get a rep. of 1). Apparently the ...


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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 reputation but you can start a 50 point bounty) Reputation cost for bounties is paid immediately, as soon as you start them. Presumably the user had 106 reputation and ...


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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' (creating a fake account for voting own posts, which is a type of vote fraud). Discarding votes from deleted-accounts used to be a major problem in the system; that ...


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Some personal thoughts/methods about this important issue: voting. 1- Voting on answers: In this thread, Peter Flom gives an answer about the low answer ratio that was found/audited in CV (at that time): "...I think that is partially a function of the nature of statistics and the questions we get..." Many users agreed with him and I believe this ...


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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 different issue. The effect may exist, but if it did, I'd presume that my upvotes per post would be higher now than it was say three or so years ago. I don't think ...


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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 fine, when a user deletes their account, whether or not to reverse the votes they've cast is decided by SE staff if the vote count exceeds a certain threshold. ...


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(The +100 is not a transfer of reputation: it is an award of reputation.) The simple answer is no. And that can't be changed by any action of this community. I'm sure there are no plans to implement this idea, but further discussion of SE-wide issues belongs on the SE meta site rather than here, where you may bring this idea up if you wish. There are ...


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(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 unusual/noteworthy behavior ... including this issue). We can then take a look and see if the behaviour is a problem or not. For example, someone may tend to ...


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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 the question must still be on topic to stay open. [I've given dozens of answers to questions that were marked off topic - indeed, after reflection, I have ...


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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 stuff like suggested edits being accepted (eventually they don't count any more either), and accepting an answer yourself. (turns out I was wrong about that last ...


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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 reputation gains for the OP. You can edit to remove the checkbox, but any upvotes that occurred during the period it was community wiki will not count towards your ...


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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 more likely it is to be noticed by somebody scrolling down the front page, and hence to be opened, and hence to be upvoted. If a newly posted question gets ...


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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 they can actually do for you is earn you the Commentator Badge and Pundit Badge. By virtue of their absence, they can indirectly help others earn the Tumbleweed ...


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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 respective posts, and if the answer's author has an account there, it will receive the associated reputation. If a question which received some upvotes is ...


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It's a feature, present throughout SE, to defend against the hordes of off-topic misguided comments that would appear without such a restriction. (The community closes tens of answers-cum-comments each day as it is.) As a moderator I would just love to be able to grant people like you higher privileges instantly, on the evidence of goodwill and ...


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I cannot determine this for sure, and had no hand in it (even moderators have very limited abilities to see votes and no powers to change them), but I can find indications that this user had been abusing the voting system. For instance, a few of our most active participants lost one vote each; you lost a lot. Such dedicated voting at best reflects a narrow ...


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You might do better to ask this question on meta.SE (or perhaps have it migrated); the bounty policy is system-wide. There is nothing we (including CV's moderators) can do about it here. On meta.SE you might get some attention from the developers, who could address this, if they so desired. For what it's worth, I sympathize with your situation. This ...


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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 question being silently deleted by the automated question deletion bot a.k.a. roomba. And when a user is removed, one cannot see on which posts the votes we lost ...


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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 information on how to do this in the My Account section of our help center), then you will be able to edit & comment on your own question.


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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 convenience provided by the system. As a result I thought all my reputation was lost. In reality it was still on the other account. Thanks to admins they merged ...


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I think a decent compromise to the SE upvote famine is the following: edit confidently and often, downvote uneditable posts or remove them early and often. On editing: The poster is responsible to ensure both that their post is of top quality and that the substantive question remains correct. Very few new posters put the requisite time into asking a high ...


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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 good answer structure is. Reading various answer I have an idea of what a good answer is for me -- but would be nice to see guidelines to help newcomers


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