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On another meta question, I mentioned one that I wrote long before that had several up votes. I was asked to link to it. Not long after, it got two more. I guess people followed the link and liked it. Not important.

But what I don't get is the rationale for why one up vote adds five points and another the same day adds ten.

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When that user upvoted the answer, you got +10. When they upvoted the question, you got +5.

For reference, check out this post: How does “Reputation” work? All the following is quoted verbatim from there:

You gain reputation when:

  • one of your questions is voted up/useful: +5
  • one of your answers is voted up/useful: +10
  • one of your answers becomes accepted: +15
  • you accept an answer written by someone else to one of your own questions: +2
  • a downvote on one of your questions or answers is removed: +2
  • you [suggest an edit and it is accepted][11]: +2 (up to a total of +1000 per user)
  • you remove a downvote from an answer: +1
  • an answer you downvoted is removed: +1
  • one of your answers is awarded a bounty by the user offering the bounty: +full bounty amount
  • one of your answers is awarded a bounty automatically: +½ of the bounty amount (see bounty FAQ for details)
  • you associate accounts of two or more Stack Exchange network sites, and at least one of those accounts already has 200 or more reputation: +100 on each site (awarded a maximum of one time per site)

You lose reputation when:

  • one of your questions or answers is voted down/not useful: −2
  • a post where you had successfully suggested an edit has been deleted (reputation page shows the cause as "removed"): -2
  • the account of a user who was the final approver of a suggested edit you made has been deleted (reputation page shows the cause as "User was removed"): -2
  • you vote an answer down/not useful: −1
  • an upvote on one of your questions is removed: −5
  • an upvote on one of your answers is removed: −10
  • one of your accepted answers loses accepted status: −15
  • you unaccept an answer written by someone else to one of your own questions: -2
  • you place a bounty on a question: −full bounty amount
  • one of your posts receives 6 [spam][12] or ["it is not welcome in our community" flags][13] (formerly known as offensive flags): −100
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  • Oh,I see. I knew a lot of that, but I didn't know questions had different value than answers. I think most of that 1262 was from that specific question. Seems people really like it for some reason.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 4:14
  • @WGroleau Yeah that question is interesting. Your rep comes from many different posts, though. Maybe you just haven't been paying a lot of attention to reputation, which is actually a good thing.
    – Fiksdal
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 21:58
  • Agreed. If I have to ask, I don't have the knowledge to judge between contradicting answers. Rep is supposed to help me there. The more it gets treated as some kind of personal entitlement that we (in general) fight for, the less useful it becomes.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 22:53

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