Santa generates quite a bunch of reputation points on the site, we like Santa.
However Santa is fraying with a thin line between legit and suspicious voting schemes prone to vote reversal, and can earn a user 20, 30, 40, or even 50 points by browsing a user's recent answers and finding well-written answers that weren't already upvoted.
I've worn Santa's hat quite often myself, and then a recent comment in chat that linked to the weekly user reputation rankings made me wonder.
We have many users (>40K), but ~25% (10,653, avg.score 149.16) have visited the site in the last 60 days, 14.78% (1,574, avg.score 602.24) of which were avid users (>150pts).
Roughly 9,5K answer votes and 7.2K question votes (16,673 votes) were spent in that timeframe, by roughly 150-160 voters, generating roughly 130,000 points on the site. Santa's actual impact on the big picture is marginal, it's like a drop in the ocean. Or is it? It does seem to somewhat skew some rankings.
But that leaves over 1,300 (83%) avid users that didn't vote, and 10,500 (a whopping 98.6%) active users that haven't spent a vote either.
If only a fraction of these users spent some of their votes, whether Santa exists or not wouldn't make a difference. But...
[♠] People. Still. Don't. Vote. Enough. [♠]
So. Should we kill Santa? Is Santa being a good thing for CR?