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I noticed today browsing Users that reputation isn't been calculated on a rolling calendar and as such is quite odd. At first I thought it was a cache issue, but now I see otherwise.

I've been on User Experience Stack Exchange for less than a month and have 343 reputation, therefore I would have expected that whether choosing month, quarter, year or all it would display 343, as this is how much reputation I have earned in the last month/quarter/year, but this is not the case.

Reputation this month

Month, quarter and year all display a reputation of '21', which means it has set the month/quarter/year beginning the 1st January 2013. Wouldn't you expect it to be showing reputation gained in the last rolling quarter, month or year? Normally I wouldn't roll over the reputation, the label 'reputation this month' maybe does suggest the cut, but I don't think most people even see this label.

Further more, what is strange is if you click 'week' it provides me a reputation of '41', so in this instance it is taking count as of Sunday 30th December 2012. Not conforming to the 2013 cut off, nor a rolling week, neither a conventional Monday - Sunday week.

Reputation this week

The behaviour seems inconsistent between selecting week and month, and I'm not sure it's what users expect...at least it's not what I expected.

Either way I think the fact that it reads a reputation that is higher "this week" than "this month", while technically it might be true, it doesn't sound correct [to me] (maybe others differ on this).

  • There is a related post on this over on the main meta.StackOverflow meta.stackexchange.com/questions/81096/… – JonW Jan 3 '13 at 8:47
  • Sunday to Saturday weeks are not entirely uncommon (they have a religious source rather than adhering to the ISO standard). – dhmstark Jan 4 '13 at 16:49
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Normally a rolling period is referred to as past 30 days or past 7 days and such. Past month would mean a calendar month.

Regarding user expectation, a tooltip is currently displayed on mouse hover which shows the actual starting date.

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I am not saying it is good or bad but options are made available to user to see the actual time period (which is always a good user experience).

  • Nice find. I didn't even know about the tooltip until you posted this. – JonW Jan 3 '13 at 8:47
  • Same, didn't see this before. Still not sure if it's the right behaviour. Shame you can't conduct polls within Meta. – slawrence10 Jan 3 '13 at 16:56
  • @slawrence10 Stack Exchange voting system (upvotes/downvotes) is a kind of a polling mechanism on meta sites. – Aziz Shaikh Jan 4 '13 at 6:05

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