Upvotes on questions used to be worth 5 reputation points (what you call karma). They recently (Wednesday 13th of November) increased this to 10 points, doubling the amount of reputation you get for a question upvote. Retroactively, so it counts for every upvote you ever got on a question (taking into account things like reputation caps per day (200) and all,...
I don't think that this site suffers from a lack of down-votes. Rather, it suffers from a lack of up-votes, and up-votes are always free.
It's kind of perverse, actually. Often, the good questions are the ones with crappy code. It's a bit counterintuitive to vote up crappy code. On the other hand, short answers attract up-votes faster, and it's hard to ...
In any case, you will always give up the amount of reputation
specified in the bounty, so if you start a bounty, be sure to follow
up and award your bounty to the best answer!
When a bounty is not awarded to anyone, they do not return to the awarder, they are simply lost. There is no conservation of reputation.
Downvoting has benefits.
A while back I asked what happens to questions with a negative score? on Meta SO. Interesting things happen when a question goes negative.
At -4, the question does not show up on the front page.
-1 or lower score, more than 30 days old, no answers, not locked... deleted by ...
At first I was quite reluctant to downvoting. When you have < 500 rep and getting there took all your spare change (I hope that translates well), you think twice before giving away a single point just because someone wrote a bad post.
This is the same on every SE site BTW - at one point or another, you stop caring much about your reputation score, and ...
Such a query could be beneficial if done responsibly. My concern is that it might encourage ad hominem voting.
I suggest that you drop the u.Id column, and change a.Id to q.Id, so that you need to skim through all of the answers on the question before voting.
The user you're talking about has joined five months ago.
In that time they offered five bounties for a total of 500 reputation and earned three bounties for a total of 350 reputation.
Now let's look at the breakdown:
12,999 rep total
+ 500 rep offered in bounties (earned but lost)
- 350 rep gained in bounties (gained but not "earned")
- 100 rep ...
If you look into your reputation history, you will see that you were actually awared some “+2”s:
+2 on 2013-11-21 10:41 accept Polynomial Equation solver
+2 on 2013-11-18 09:44 accept Caesar Cipher
-2 on 2013-11-18 09:44 unaccept Caesar Cipher
+2 on 2013-11-13 22:50 accept Caesar Cipher
It can take a while for the reward to appear.
Community wiki posts don't award reputation, which explains why you see the upvote records but not a corresponding increase in reputation.
If you clicked the "make community wiki" checkbox by accident when posting the answer, a moderator can undo that for you.
Here is a simple query for Upvotes & Downvotes on Questions & Answers. I filtered it down to August 1st, 2013 to August 1st, 2014.
We're definitely voting more and, generally speaking, upvotes dwarf downvotes. We downvote questions more often than answers.
I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but I wanted to add it here for the conversation. Feel ...
The Community user is special, as is explained on Meta.SE.
It's a bot operating on the entire network and it's reputation doesn't mean anything. For example: if you flag a question as spam the question is automatically downvoted as well. Somebody has to be responsible for that downvote, so it's attributed to Community. It doesn't have the reputation to do ...
No, you don't get any reputation on Meta, but you can actually get the Mortarboard badge for earning 200 reputation in one day.
So even though you don't get any reputation, you can actually get 200 of it in one day.
(The badge is rewarded as if reputation was given as normal, but no reputation is actually given)
ok I dare to write a self anser, since I just found the relevant text on what is meta:
Votes on meta do not affect your reputation; your meta reputation is
the same as your reputation on Code Review Stack Exchange
(synchronized hourly), though you earn separate badges. You must have
5 reputation to participate on meta.
somehow I must have been ...
I thought it could be a weird one month off bug - as dfhwze had 13059 reputation on Sep 30 at 00:00 UTC+0. If you work backwards you can see this.
However this isn't correct. I checked if this were the case with another user so I also looked at Mast's reputation. I chose Mast as I know they've been active in the last month, but have fairly low year long ...
The difference is because of deleted posts or them downvoting other answers.
I came to this conclusion by looking at various users reputations at the end of their first year/month/week. I saw a couple of patterns and now feel my answer is fairly strong 'proof', putting only myself under scrutiny.
TR = Total Reputation
YR = Year Reputation (it works the ...