# Top Percent

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• Hey,

I've been wondering how top percent is calculated. There are a great many users with little to no points who appear in the top 5 or 10%. I'm assuming this is due to the way the top percent is calculated. Wouldn't it be better to rank all ties as a single entry? That way those who are truly the top 10% will be marked as such, and the rest of us mere mortals will know our actual place?

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Monday, March 23, 2015 10:23 PM

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• Hi Patrick,

According to the explanation given here, it seems that all users are included in the count regardless of their point amounts. I imagine that's throwing the balance off.

Monday, March 23, 2015 10:40 PM
• I get that completely...

But why not count all the 0, and 5 pointers as a single number, instead of the bajillions there are?

If you have 0 points, you're top 100 percent, if you have 5 points your top 99.. or what ever those numbers would look like.

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Monday, March 23, 2015 10:43 PM
• I'm not really sure what the reasoning behind the decision was. Hopefully we'll get an answer here at some point.

Personally I wouldn't include anyone in the count until at least 15 points have been accumulated (theoretically that should be at least one answer or at the very least 3 helpful posts).

Monday, March 23, 2015 10:47 PM
• Sounds reasonable. I guess you can't be top unless you're helpful!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:23 PM
• If you're interested in another stat, you're currently in the top 10 author list:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:27 PM
• Is that a polite way to tell me to hush? haha.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:32 PM
• Is that a polite way to tell me to hush? haha.

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Nope, because I rarely fall off that list... I have zero room to talk about hushing.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:36 PM
• Hey,

I've been wondering how top percent is calculated. There are a great many users with little to no points who appear in the top 5 or 10%. I'm assuming this is due to the way the top percent is calculated. Wouldn't it be better to rank all ties as a single entry? That way those who are truly the top 10% will be marked as such, and the rest of us mere mortals will know our actual place?

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Good observation Patrick!

Look at the below user profile. He has 677,580 points and 0.10%. No idea what's the forumula to calculate it.

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/profile/leandro%20tuttini/?ws=usercard-mini

Cheers,
Vaibhav Chaudhari
[MCTS], [MCP]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:26 PM