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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

Unfortunately reviewers are not perfect—and I think you just happened to run into two very, uh, not perfect reviews. Neither of the reject reasons are correct: fixing a syntax error clearly makes an ...
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How to get reputation here on Unix & Linux stack exchange?

You can answer questions, without the need for reputation. Upvotes on those answers earn you 10 reputation. Just find a question in an area you are familiar with, preferably one which is recent and ...
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How to get reputation here on Unix & Linux stack exchange?

This is not an answer for everyone, but it was the correct answer for me: Participate on Another SE Family Site I'm a fairly infrequent user of several sites in the StackExchange network. However, I ...
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Accepting my own answer to my question

It's perfectly fine to accept your own answer to a question, regardless of whether it's the only one or one of many. The only thing that matters is that it answers your question, and you as the OP are ...
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I don't understand the reason I lost rep for this question?

It looks like jasonwryan explained your problem within one minute of posting. I would guess the reason people voted it as unclear is that commenting something out in code appears purposeful -- you ...
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Why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50?

No reputation is required to answer a question; from the list of privileges: 1 create posts Ask a question or contribute an answer (And you presumably know this, since you’ve answered questions on ...
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Why did I get -2 reputation without telling me why?

The -2 you lost were because a question you had edited (which gained you +2) was deleted by the author. When a question is deleted, the reputation changes associated with it are reversed as happened ...
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how does one raise his reputation?

You aren't allowed to post comments, but you are allowed to post answers. The way to do that at the very bottom of the page: (You could say it's somewhat hidden, since the "add a comment" link ...
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Is it harder to score reputation on unix.se than on other StackExchange sites?

All sites grant the same amount of reputation for the same events. But different sites have different propensity to vote, and upvotes are the main source of reputation. From the data explorer (data as ...
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Top answers downvoted at the same time. Someone with an axe to grind?

This was fixed within 24 hours. There is an automated script to detect this kind of abuse and revert the actions of serial voter accounts such as this one. No moderator intervention is needed, unless ...
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What is the definition of a "high-reputation user"?

There's been 2 events that I'm aware of that recently took place. Both of these bothered me personally because these individuals were violating the "spirit" of how SE sites are suppose to work. ...
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Question won't let me post answer, saying I need 10 reputation. I have 101. What gives?

When you have at least 200 reputation on any site of the Stack Exchange network, you will receive an "association bonus" of 100 reputation points when you create a new account on any other site of the ...
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

Fixing a wrong command is indeed a good edit, it's a shame yours got rejected. In the future, don't add the edit comment in the post just to get over the 6-character limit. Instead, fix some syntax / ...
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5k .. 10k reputation bug? header shows (unavailable) own suggested edit

The numbers shown there are the absolute number of pending review items. This includes things you've already cast a vote on and those you've submitted yourself. The SE devs have explained on the main ...
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Why is deleting answers discouraged?

You don't directly get or lose any reputation from deleting posts, but it does cancel out the reputation those posts gave. One of the answers was at +1/-0 upvotes/downvotes, and the other was +1/-1, ...
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how does one raise his reputation?

We have been communicating above in the comments section. You are required to have at least 50 reputation to make such comments (except for on your own questions as I'm sure you have discovered). ...
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Why is there a reputation requirement for comments, but not for answers?

The UNIX & Linux site is part of a larger Stack Exchange network, and as such uses many of the same settings & processes. There is a Meta Stack Exchange post, Why do I need 50 reputation to ...
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chronological list of points earned

There's this link: https://unix.stackexchange.com/reputation, which, despite appearing to be a generic link, uses your current credentials to show your reputation changes. To help understand the ...
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Why is the reputation required to answer a question enormously high at 50?

To get a reputation higher than 50, all you need is five more up votes than down votes on answers given, or four and at least one accepted answer. Judging by your user page on unix.se, you currently ...
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Can I put a bounty on a question using reputation from stack overflow?

The short answer is: no. In theory you could start with a profile on another site, accumulate 200 reputation points, then create a Unix & Linux profile, which would be awarded a 100-point ...
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Edited and got two points for it but it isn't showing up anywhere in my stats or achivements

You edited a question that was then deleted. So, while your edit was approved and you got your +2, you can't see the post in your profile because the question is no longer visible to you.
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Do you gain points back when deleting question/answer?

Mostly yes, deleting a post nullifies any reputation changes caused by votes cast on it. More details are given in the community FAQ: Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), and ...
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Why did I get multiple awards for each tag edit?

You can edit a tag wiki and a tag excerpt separately (through the system doesn't allow you to create a tag wiki, if the tag excerpt isn't created), so you get reputation for each one equally.
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Should I refrain from correcting syntax/coding errors in answers? It seems like they aren't encouraged

I would have likely rejected your edit on the basis that it adds the text edit: Fixed missing : in command. which belongs in the edit comment rather than the answer body. This could be what the ...
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What, after reputation, determines the order of users on the /users page?

Experimentally, users with the same reputation seem to be listed in decreasing order of ID number. In other words, whoever joined the site most recently is listed first. This doesn't carry over in ...
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Is the number of days with the daily rep limit reached shown somewhere?

In the /reputation path there's an entry at the end that tells you: rep cap was reached via rep from upvotes only on 4 days But the one you are looking for is: earned at least 200 reputation on ...
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Why is removing a question penalized?

Not unusual at all really. Presumably, someone had up voted your question which gave you 5 points. When a post is deleted (be it a question or an answer), you loose any reputation you had gained ...
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