Reputation is a rough measurement of how much your team trusts you; it is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you're talking about. However, reputation is entirely optional. The three most important activities on Stack Overflow for Teams are asking, answering, and editing - none of which require any reputation at all. All users start with one reputation, and reputation can never drop below one.

This information is tailored to Stack Overflow for Teams. If you want help with public Q&A, you can find the relevant information in the public help center.

How do I earn reputation?

The primary way to gain reputation is by posting good questions and useful answers. Votes on these posts cause you to gain (or sometimes lose) reputation.

You gain reputation when:
+5Your question is voted up.
+10Your answer is voted up.
+15Your answer is marked as accepted.
+2You accept an answer to your own question.
VariesYour answer is awarded a bounty.

While you can accept your own answer, you do not receive the usual reputation bonuses for accepting your own answer. You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day from the combination of upvotes and downvotes. Bounties and accepted answers are not subject to this daily reputation limit.

How do I lose reputation?

You lose reputation when:
-2Your question is voted down.
-2Your answer is voted down.
-1Your vote down an answer.
VariesYou place a bounty on a question.

Deleted posts do not affect reputation for voters, authors, or anyone else involved, in most cases. If a user reverses a vote, the corresponding reputation loss or gain will be reversed as well.

Which privileges do I earn with reputation?

Most privileges on Teams do not require any reputation at all and are available to all users as soon as they gain access. The following privileges are restricted by reputation thresholds. You gain access to them the moment you meet the reputation requirement, and also lose access to them if you drop below the threshold.

ReputationPrivilege
125Cast down votes
75Set bounties