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Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Yes, it is totally fine. Besides, reputation from edits are capped at 1000. So after your 500th edit suggestions, you will stop getting reputation. Also you do not get reputation from edits, but ...
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25 votes
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Why does a user start off with 1 rep, and not 0?

From day one, you can do a lot on Stack Exchange without any prior experience/reputation at all. Yet if new users see that they can gain additional abilities by increasing their "reputation", starting ...
23 votes
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More than +200 reputation in a day: how is this allowed?

The +15 for an accepted answer doesn't count towards the rep cap. Neither does the +2 for accepting an answer. What is the reputation cap and how can I hit it?
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21 votes

Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Well the community needs your grammatical skill as much as it needs a knowledge of Ubuntu. Good question and answers are no use if no one can understand them.
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18 votes
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Leaving easier questions for less experienced users

We "high rep" users very much love to see good answers coming from low rep users or users new to the site. Consider this: all our rep comes from times we also were beginners to the site, and we tried ...
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18 votes

Should I consider the timeline while accepting an answer?

Try to accept whatever has helped you the most. That's what it's supposed to mean but it's really down to your interpretation. Timeliness could well be part of that utility and I know —from painful ...
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17 votes
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Should I consider the timeline while accepting an answer?

If user A comes along and answers your question, and you accept it, he gets 15 reputation. If user B then adds an answer and you accept his answer instead, user A will lose 15 reputation and user B ...
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15 votes
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What is required to become a moderator?

I think you're talking about these two recent posts: 2 year old user is a new contributor? Is it correct that search on AskUbuntu ignores code blocks and inline codes? These were edited by Shog9 and ...
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14 votes

Leaving easier questions for less experienced users

No, it would harm the site, I'd even say it would harm beginners - when you are browsing AU you will find really elaborate answers to "simple questions" with much/full explanation about the background ...
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13 votes

Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Trust isn't only about knowledge of Ubuntu. It's also about being a helpful person who has the community's best interest at heart. So the reputation you gain from editing is well deserved. That said, ...
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13 votes

Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Just to add another way of saying it: The longer you are on this site, the more you realize that good questions are the key to a better quality of the site. Good questions are clear about what to ...
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13 votes
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High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

Were these simplest of the simplest answers that got a lot of votes posted for questions that made it to the Hot Network Questions list? It's a common enough event that simple answers to HNQs get ...
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12 votes

Extra reputation option

There is. It's called a bounty and is explained in the Help Center: If you’ve asked a good question, edited it with status and progress updates, and still are not receiving answers, you can draw ...
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11 votes

How to earn points as an Ubuntu noob?

I am going to try to give you some advice based on my experience earning rep, as a non-professional end user. First, you can earn a thousand rep (while under two thousand total) just for suggesting ...
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10 votes

How do I quickly gain reputation?

Edit bad spelling and grammar in questions and answers! For every successful and thorough edit you make, you'll receive +2 rep (up to 2000 rep total or +1000 rep of edits, whichever comes first) ...
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10 votes
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Who gets reputation at the end of a bounty?

The bounty doesn't get refunded under any circumstance. As per the help center. Take a look at the first bullet in the list. So if the bounty is not awarded to any one, it gets lost.
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10 votes
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How do I earn the student badge?

I just upvoted your question. Now you should have a question with "a score of 1 or more". While you are on this site, you will begin learning about how it works and things you can do. When you ask ...
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10 votes
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Approved edits and reputation issue

You can track your reputation at this page. What is shown is that a number of answers and/or questions you've made have recently been deleted either because they or their parent questions were ...
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9 votes
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How can a new user escalate an old unanswered question?

The first thing one has to understand about the Stack Exchange family of sites is that they are question and answer sites, not forums and not bug report platforms. There is simply no point whatsoever ...
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9 votes
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When exactly does a downvote cost 1 reputaion?

Downvotes as a result of "spam" or "rude/abusive" flags being cast and therefore automatically done don't cost you rep. Downvotes on questions cost nothing. Any answer downvote you do should cost ...
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9 votes

"Weighted" reputation gains

This feature request has been brought up multiple times on Meta Stack Exchange, and as far as I know it has always been poorly received by the community. I think the main objection is that making ...
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9 votes

High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

I have posted what I considered well-founded, well-researched answers that gathered not one point. I have posted two line answers that I considered trivial that got many points. AU giveth and AU ...
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9 votes
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Reputation points and badges not incremented

status-bydesign on both the badge and reputation counts. The Badge Keep in mind that the requirements for the Copy Editor Badge are as follows (bold emphasis mine): Edit 500 posts (excluding own ...
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9 votes
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Will I still get +2 for editing questions and answers after I reach 2000 reputation?

You actually get +2 reputation points from suggested edits, and not from edits. And once you hit 2k, you will not be able to suggest edits but you will be doing direct edits. Simply put, once you hit ...
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9 votes
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What is the logic behind editors losing reputation when a question is removed?

I think this has been discussed before on Meta Stack Exchange but I'm unable to find the exact reference, probably because it's close to midnight already (for me anyway). The philosophy behind this ...
9 votes

Why do users who are no longer very active still get so much reputation?

In general, it's not surprising that people who were active on the site years ago are getting the passive reputation increases observed. We get reputation not when posting something, but when someone ...
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8 votes
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Why am I getting +1 points?

...temporary loss of 1 rep point will be given back to you in case the answer is deleted. Regain of reputation from downvoted and deleted answers - update FAQ
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8 votes
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Reviewing tool should be less flexible by enforcing the Skip option rigourously

I don't see a problem here. First of all, the "skip" option only removes the post from your review queue, not from everyone else's. If you skip a post, that won't make it magically disappear from my ...
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8 votes

High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

High-rep users are more likely to be longer around and much more likely to answer the easy questions that many users run into and thus get more attention and upvotes. Well-researched answers are ...
8 votes
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Since a few days, no rep changes occur "in green", not getting pinged

A few days ago you lost a sizeable chunk of rep due to a user being removed. See May 25th. When you lose reputation, due to downvotes or vote reversals of any sort, we don't show you reputation ...
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