I would like to have two more reputation points (I have 48 reputation points now) so I can comment on other people's posts here as I need 50 reputation points in order to comment everywhere.

But, I don't have another question to ask and I don't want to answer again until I've thought about the site some more.

Is there any other way to get more reputation?

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    Suggest an edit that improves a post. If two high-rep users review the edit and agree it's an improvement, you will earn 2 rep points. You can do this again and again, though at some point the rep earned from suggesting good edits does cap out. Also, at this point, it would repay your time to read the help files (in this case, help/what's-rep), and the FAQ. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 12:16
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    Or you could look through the faq that tells you how to get rep. – Mitch Jun 10 '16 at 13:09
  • @Mari-LouA (and Mitch), I linked to that very page, plus the "Overall StackExchange FAQ", in the very first comment on this question. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:09
  • @Mari-LouA I am sorry other people do not like my question. I liked it. Is the answer a secret? – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:27
  • Yeah, I can't VtD yet either. Sigh. Maybe it's worth putting in the effort for one last push over 20K. I just am tired of rep. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:35
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    @Rathony Do not give OP anything he doesn't earn. Sets a bad precedent. Also, I wouldn't mind a little bit of a delay of the ultimately inevitable time he can "contribute" to the commentary on arbitrary posts. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:39
  • @Mari-LouA How long do comments take to be approved? – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:40
  • I tried with this post: english.stackexchange.com/questions/250325/… – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 15:06
  • @BuddhaTheis That was a solid first attempt. The only problem was "adding content not in the original". Even if the content is helpful, that practice is frowned upon, because it puts words in OP's mouth that we're not sure he would want there. The only time we suggest chaning content, rather than merely formatting, in a post, is adding references/citations/sources. Otherwise, your edit was good. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 15:13
  • @DanBron the person who posted might not have wanted a footnote there. I understand. I will do better in the future. – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 15:17
  • @BuddhaTheis Yep, you got it. The way for you to add footnotes to others' posts, is via the comments, which will automatically attribute them to you, rather than OP. That's honestly what they're for. Though I'm not sure how useful or valueable such footnotes are for simply defining words OP has used. Anyone who is confused upon encountering a word they're unfamiliar with can use the standard tools (i.e. a dictionary) to resolve that for themselves. We also expect the large part of the population of this site to be familiar with such terms as "cognate", anyway. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 15:20
  • @DanBron I will try another one to see if I can get things right now. – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 15:24
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    I approved both edits. Well, I technically hit "improve edit" on the first one, to remove the editorial footnote, but that still marks the edit as "approved". I just straight-up hit the approve button on the "removed thanks" edit. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 15:41
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    @BuddhaTheis This is why. You really should start getting familiar with the FAQs and other material in the help center and meta. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 15:47
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    @DanBron can't vote to delete, there's an upvoted answer. I reversed my upvote, downvoted but nada. If Rathony deletes his post, then the question is deletable. Ah, Peter David-Carter. Yes. Same sort of writing style. – Mari-Lou A Jun 12 '16 at 13:12

You get 5 reputation points from an upvote of your question and 10 points from that of your answer.

You lose 2 reputation points when your questions or answers are downvoted. The best way seems to be either edit another (not your own) post to get two points or flag the following question for moderator's attention and ask a moderator to delete your question.

One of your questions has 9 downvotes. You will recover 18 reputation points when this question is deleted.

For further information, please read How does “Reputation” work?

As @DanBron commented, if you post a question or answer that could attract so many downvotes again, the system might block you from posting anything. You had better be careful when you ask and answer.

Help Center > Privileges > Edit Questions And Answers

FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

  • Ah, interesting suggestion. But do please remind the user that deleting bad content makes it more difficult to get out of a ban, should their future submissions continue to be downvoted. It is better to edit the question into something useful for the site, so that people can either nullify their downvotes, or in the best case, reverse their downvotes (i.e. upvote). – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:08
  • I like it, but I was more addressing the advice about deleting the original bad question, not so much in avoiding repeating that error (which you are correct, is more important). – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:11
  • +1 for suggesting that the user deletes his unsalvageable post. I fear if he did edit, it would only make matters worst. – Mari-Lou A Jun 10 '16 at 14:15
  • Editing sounds like a good idea. How do I edit? I have edited lots of comments and my questions but I don't get any more reputation from that. – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:21
  • Oh, I see. It's at the same place on other people's posts? – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:23
  • @Rathony What would make it a bad edit? – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:24
  • If OP edits his own posts, he won't go through review. @Buddha, don't worry about what's a bad edit, worry about what's a good edit. You can, as Rathony suggests, simply avoid the whole question by deleting that post and regaining a handful of rep. That's perfectly fine, so long as your future contributions are worthwhile and not downvoted or closevoted. If, however, you do want to rescue that terrible question, then edit it so it's a good question. Make it objective. Don't push a personal philosophy. Don't invent anything. Don't ask why people react negatively to errors. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:27
  • @DanBron I think the answer to my -9 question is a secret people are not supposed to know about. – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:28
  • @Rathony Ok. I will make small edits. Should I edit new questions or the old ones? I noticed some of the old ones have more errors in them. – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 14:29
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    @BuddhaTheis That comment is the kind of baloney which will harm your reputation here, and is the first step on the primrose path to perdition. No one has a personal vendetta against you, there is no anti-you cabal, no secret conspiracy. Even thinking that way is egomaniacal. Just act .. normal. – Dan Bron Jun 10 '16 at 14:30
  • @Rathony I had a little bit of a try at it. – user180045 Jun 10 '16 at 15:07