Proposal: CiviCRM

I'm not a technical person. I can't answer questions on a Drupal, Joomla or WordPress site.

You don't get many points for asking a question. Is it really feasible for me to get a reputation of 200?

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    Which is why I said "You don't get MANY points for asking a question." Also, whether or not your question is upvoted is not within your control, but answering questions in something you can control.
    – JoAnne
    Nov 17, 2014 at 5:42
  • I believe you get points when an answer is voted up but not simply for answering a question, so this too is not directly within your control. stackoverflow.com/help/whats-reputation
    – davejenx
    Nov 17, 2014 at 10:42
  • @davejenx, you are correct, an answer must be voted up or accepted to gain reputation. My experience on the EL&U site is that people are more likely to vote up answers than questions - but that might just be an indication of the quality of the questions on that site.
    – JoAnne
    Nov 17, 2014 at 12:42
  • @JoAnne My bad, I read that as "any". Sorry.
    – Seth
    Nov 17, 2014 at 14:25
  • @Seth That is fine, it's no big deal. My bite back was uncalled for, but I responded to your first comment after a bad day at work. :(
    – JoAnne
    Nov 19, 2014 at 1:34

3 Answers 3


I'm not a technical person and CiviCRM is really my only hobby, so I joined the English Language and Usage site. I answered 11 fairly basic questions over six days and now have a reputation of 325 on that site.

So even if you are a non-techie please try to get you reputation up to 200 on another site so that we can get to the beta stage.

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    Way to go! Note that you also get 100 bonus points on any stack exchange site you join once you are known on a few different stack exchange sites, so joining a few is a good idea, I think (though maybe you have to be joined for a certain period of time already - I'm not 100% on the rules there). Nov 17, 2014 at 17:44
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    You gain 100 bonus point when you have 200+ reps in one of the stack exchange sites, so it will not help reaching the first 200.
    – samuelsov
    Nov 17, 2014 at 19:05

There are Stack Exchange sites on all manner of subjects, from poker to parenting, photography to project management, so you may well find something you can contribute to. Here's a list.


Good luck!


It depends on how active you are. I earned over 200 reputation during my first day on HSM (and that's not even counting the association bonus!). Why is that? After all, I'm no historian, or even a mathematician or scientists. Heck, I'm not even a college student!

The thing is, I was pretty active over that period of 24 hours. I asked a question and answered a few (5). It wasn't too hard to hit the rep limit. By contrast, I joined Skeptics a couple months ago, but didn't do anything besides flagging until a couple weeks ago, when I finally came out of my shell and asked a question. Then my rep shot up.

It really comes down to just how active you are. You don't have to be an expert in the site's topic, but it helps if you know stuff about the things that are on-topic. The choice of participation is all yours. Choose wisely.

Note: That said, don't crank out a bunch of low-quality answers just to gain a lot of rep. Posts should be written from the heart, with the hope of gaining or sharing knowledge. And isn't knowledge one of the most precious things we have?

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