Congratualtions BokkyPooBah for reaching 2k reputation in two weeks!
Every healthy beta site needs a dozen very active users. BokkyPooBah managed to show us how it's possible to write a lot of high-quality answers in quite a short amount of time.
We still need 2-3 members with 10k+ reputation, around 10 more members with 3k+ reputation and around 50 users with 200+ repuation. (Moderators excluded.)
Why is that?
After a site graduates out of Beta state, privileges will be harder to earn.
- 10k reputation allows access to moderator tools (access reports, delete questions, review reviews).
- 3k reputation allows to cast close and reopen votes which is among the most important moderation tools for the community to help deciding which questions are on- or off-topic for the site and help spotting duplicates.
- 200 reputation is generally measured to show the user has understood the mechanics of a stack exchange site.
How to gain reputation fast?
Post quality answers. This should be numbered 1 2 and 3. But a good answer will more often than not trump a fast answer. Though there are cases where it does not.
Avoid Wall of Text questions. They take way too much effort for little reward. And usually are syntax errors or bad structure.
Post an answer even though the question has 1–2 or even 3 answers. In these cases, take your time and answer well. This will usually net you a good sum of rep.
Learn when to edit. Post a short answer at first and then edit. You have <5 minutes to make that answer shine.
Be humble, thorough and fair. There are a lot of smart people out there and many will know much more than you about the subject. Be thorough in the code you post, check it for syntax errors and make sure it fits the question. And if you see that the correct answer is already there, upvote it, that person deserves the rep.
Did I miss anything? Who's next? ;-)