Reputation is entirely optional

The three most important activities on Stack Overflow Teams are Asking, Answering, Editing - none of which require any reputation at all!

So what is reputation?

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.

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. Please note that votes for posts marked “community wiki” do not generate any reputation.

You gain reputation when:

  • Your question is voted up: +5
  • Your Answer is voted up: +10
  • Your Answer is marked “accepted”: +15 (+2 to acceptor) 
  • A Suggested edit is accepted: +2 (up to +1000 total per user) 
  • A Bounty awarded to your answer: + full bounty amount
  • One of your answers is awarded a bounty automatically: + half of the bounty amount 

You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day from the combination of upvotes, downvotes and suggested edits. But Bounty awards, accepted answers, and association bonuses are not subject to this daily reputation limit.

  • You lose reputation when:
  • Your question is voted down: −2
  • Your answer is voted down: −2
  • You vote down an answer: −1
  • You place a bounty on a question: − full bounty amount
  • One of your posts receives 6 spam or offensive flags: −100

All users start with one reputation point, and reputation can never drop below 1. Accepting your own answer does not increase your reputation. 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. Vote reversal as a result of voting fraud will also return lost or gained reputation.

But I want to vote and comment and delete things!

Those are all secondary activities on Stack Overflow Teams; get used to answering and editing and asking questions first, so that you have a better feel for the local culture and get to see your own work become a part of the site. Along the way, you'll naturally earn the privilege to do more if you wish - check your profile now and then for updates on how close you are to earning the next privilege!