So this is sort of (actually, pretty much completely) my fault.
The reputation system limits you to 200 points per day, but we built an escape hatch into it. It didn't seem fair that the 30 points from an accepted answer should count against your daily limit — those accepted answers are really hard won! So we exempted them from the rep limit.
(An aside for anyone observing and new to this: 'accepted' answers are when the original questioner says that the answer solved their problem. People frequently drive by, ask questions, and never come back. So these 'accepts' are valuable!)
We also allow moderators to forcibly accept an answer, which is what @oldturkey03 was enthusiastically doing. I think there's an open question of how much we (the moderator team, which includes our staff) should be doing that. On the one hand, it pins a good answer to the top and awards the author. On the other hand, it's slightly misleading because it says 'CHOSEN SOLUTION'.
When oldturkey bulk-accepted all of those answers, it awarded 30 * ~130 reputation to TronicsFix. This is not a mistake — or overreach! — on anyone's part. It's just a side effect of how the system works.
If we want to change this, I can think of a few approaches. I don't think they'd be particularly limiting to the moderator community:
- Cap all reputation earned at 200 / day, including accepted answers. (By the way, there's a separate 200 / day cap for guide and wiki reputation)
- Encourage moderators to 'accept' answers less frequently
- Automatically 'accept' an answer when two or more moderators have upvoted it
- Leave things the way they are
I'm open minded — let me know what you think!
I'm also interested in what we can do to provide useful list views for power users. Perhaps take a look at how they do it over on stackoverflow.com and see if any of their views / sorting would be useful here!