If you don't have a high level of professional/technical proficiency in any particular field of study, we also have many mainstream sites in subjects like
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Part of the Area 51 process is finding people familiar with the network model and know how other sites on our network operate. That experience is necessary in order for a new site to function properly.
Reputation on Area 51 is extremely different than on other sites. You can easily get large amounts of it by just having been the person to propose the site or ...
Unfortunately, Mr. Cartaino was let go earlier this week, along with another CM. It seems some downsizing has occured.
This is going to make this even more difficult if we have to work around the stated requirements.
My best advice would be to reach out to the 3d printing community, as it has the most crossover with us, and ask that prominent members of ...
The reason why this requirement exists is so that at least a sizable proportion of the early site contributors have experience in the Stack Exchange model, not just in the topic.
Having at least some of the contributors be experienced in the Stack Exchange model is so that they can help uphold the core Q&A values of Stack Exchange: if all of the early ...
I am reasonably sure you do not retain the reputation when a proposal is deleted (all closed proposals are eventually deleted), but you do retain the reputation from a proposal while it is simply closed.
The code used to build Area 51 derived form our main Q&A, so we share of lot of the behaviors of a traditional Stack Exchange site. A proposal is ...
The good news is that I dug through the history and awarded you the 50 points for committing to SmugMug.
The bad news... is that I had to recalculate the rep on your profile, which basically looks over all pending vote changes (we don't automatically recalculate on Area 51 like we do on Q&A sites) and that adjusted your A51 reputation waaaay down.
200 rep on any Q&A site counts. Just 200 rep on Area 51 and not on any other site, doesn't count, mainly because experience with Q&A is what is needed and Area 51 isn't regular Q&A.
The count (97 users) seems to match the page sorted the users by reputation: the the first ten pages have users with >200 rep on a site, and one user on the ...
The "total reputation" number will only ever match the user's reputation to the right if they have not referred any users to the proposal. The number is actually a calculation of that user's reputation and all the reputation of every user they referred to the proposal.
Why does that extra number exist? I have no idea. But that's the way it's always ...
Most likely, what happened is that you triggered a rep recalc. On normal SE sites, this isn't a big deal because deleted posts are accounted for automatically and recalcs rarely result in more than a small amount of rep being lost. However, on Area 51, you keep the rep from questions/follows/commits on deleted proposals until a recalc occurs. After the ...
Time, reputation (up or down) tends to fall away as proposals are deleted. Deleting a poorly received question will also remove lost reputation.
On Area 51 it does not always happen in real time. Periodically reputation is recalculated. One day you have some rep the next day 30% is gone.
Manual recalculations can be initiated by moderators. If ...
There are currently no plans to change the configuration or analytics inherent to Area 51 at this time. See What's going on with Area 51.
Incidentally, those reputation thresholds were established when question votes were still worth +10 before they were lowered in 2011, so the question-answer values are simply back to where they were when those thresholds ...
This has been discussed before countless times on Meta Stack Exchange:
Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received?
Encouraging people to explain downvotes
Such a policy would not be enforceable and it doesn't solve the problem.
We have a daily scheduled task that invalidates votes that match malicious-looking patterns. In this case, looks like someone did go ahead and cast a bunch of upvotes that got picked up by this tool and reversed about 17 hours ago.
Yes. See the answer here: Why doesn't Area 51 have its own Meta?, which was posted by a former Stack Overflow employee:
According to Robert Cartaino, the Area 51 Discussion Zone is intended to serve as A51's per-site meta
so its reputation system is tied to the main Area 51 site, just like with regular Q&A sites and their metas.
Area 51 runs on a very old Stack Exchange codebase, so changes on regular Q&A sites aren't always ported over.
One of the reasons could be (but I'm just speculating) that the change on regular Q&A sites was to make sure questions were awarded just as much as answers:
We’re changing the reputation earned from getting a question upvote to ten points, ...
Just now I took the time to look through every beta site listed here: https://area51.stackexchange.com/
Interestingly, almost every single proposal made it to the beta phase with just over 200 committers....... until recently. Recent proposals have had a very hard time getting approved for beta:
eosio got 543 committers before it was approved for beta.
I feel your pain, in previous times I have lost 1000+ rep overnight. But there are more important and easier things like Roberts circuit breaker and Notifications for closed proposals that are not getting dev resources. Your idea is moderately complex and only impacts a few devout Area 51 followers, so it is unlikely to gain dev resources
First and foremost, please remember that reputation is not important on Area 51. Yes, you get a couple extra privileges with reputation, but all the important privileges are unlocked by 150 rep.
All you need to get to 150 reputation is to confirm your email address and gain the association bonus (which, by the way, you already have). All you need to do now ...
The Area 51 code was derived from our main Q&A model, but the concept of "reputation" is not a perfect fit for what we are trying to accomplish here. Area 51 is not a knowledge-building Q&A site where you're necessarily supposed to show off your prowess as an avid "expert site builder." So the rewards aren't really focused on the reputation you get, ...
I noticed same problem at my proposal and I think I found the answer.
This problem will happen if the user that you refer clicks on the Commit button, but doesn't confirm his email address.
In this case you will get notification that you referred someone, but you won't get any reputation bonus until that person confirms his/her email address.
Periodically rep counts are refreshed in Area 51, rep points for deleted proposals fall off as they don't exist any longer. It is not unusually for a long time participant to lose 1/3 or 1/2 of their rep. I don't keep that close of an eye on mine but I believe it was over 5,000 and fell to around 3,000 about 3 weeks ago. I think there may be some old posts ...
Unfortunately, the reputation model of the Stack Exchange Q&A does not map very well to the site-creation process of Area 51, so it's not really something you should expect to accumulate in the context of this site. We simply rely on a different model.
Proposals are meant to be developed by the audience who will actually use the site. Area 51 has ...
Here is a complete list of how to earn reputation in Area 51 and what can be done with it (very little, actually):
FAQ > Reputation
You should note that reputation is largely meaningless in the context of Area 51 and not something you should really seek to acquire. Area 51 isn't like a Q&A collection of knowledge meant to be curated by the most avid ...
Reputation is Recalculated Every 24 Hours
To partly answer my own question. It seems like the reputation is updated once every 24 hours.
So, although you can manually update your reputation, this can only be done once a day.
According to the text above, I should ask off-topic.
No, that's not what it says. It says if you're not sure whether a question would be off-topic or not, you should ask it. If you're skeptical about whether a question is in scope, and think you cannot afford to lose reputation, you should not ask it. Or ask it anyway, and if it attracts too many downvotes, ...
Reputation changes from deleted proposals eventually "age out" of the system. The massive reputation loss you had from posting a series of bad suggested questions has finally expired, giving you back the default 50 rep (from verifying your email) and the extra 100 rep (from your StackOverflow account being above 200 rep).
From the FAQ it looks like referrers only get rep from commitments and commitment follow-throughs.
When a proposal enters the commitment phase, you can earn reputation by referring users to the proposal [emphasis mine]
It does not suggest that a user following a site from following the 'Share this' link gets the referrer anything:
If you invite a ...
Since the Area51 model is similar to that of the other/main Stack Exchange sites, you can also gain/lose reputation in a similar way. Most notably a reputation loss could be associated with down-votes or when a question/answer is removed. The latter typically happens when you a site proposal runs stale and is closed and eventually deleted.
Deletion of the ...