Every year, the users of Literature Stack Exchange can be ranked by their reputation earned in that year, and the yearly leagues are recorded at stackexchange.com/leagues, including each user's rise and fall compared with the previous year. It's interesting to see, not only who takes the top spot (usually one of the top few users by overall reputation), but also which newer user takes the top spot among people who were not previously ranked in the yearly leagues.

Year Year's top user Top new user ←'s yearly rank/rep Comments
2017 Rand al'Thor Rand al'Thor #1 / ~22k First year of the site's existence.
2018 Rand al'Thor Gareth Rees #3 / ~5k
2019 Rand al'Thor Laurel #10 / ~750 An inactive year, with nobody over 6k.
2020 Tsundoku Mary #7 / ~3k
2021 Gareth Rees Namaskaram #16 / ~850
2022 Gareth Rees Clara Diaz Sanchez #10 / ~2k Top 3 unchanged from previous year.
2023 Gareth Rees CDR #12 / ~2k Second year with nobody over 10k.
2024 Come back after a year for updates!

[super-fast voice at the end of advert] All statistics are according to the linked Leagues pages, and may be inexact thanks to the Great Rep Reshuffle of 2019, which retroactively affected many records. Rep figures are given approximately, both because of this and because the leagues seem slightly buggy (how can the year rep be more than the total rep?) Users who have since deleted their profiles are not included. Terms and conditions apply.

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    Re: 'come back after a year'... At this rate it's gonna be @verbose for top user in 2024, by many miles. That aside, this is a great site with great questions and great answers and extraordinarily knowledgeable users. I've enjoyed participating here.
    – CDR
    Commented Jan 8 at 12:31
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    @CDR Thanks! I've enjoyed your participation here too, many thoughtful questions and well-referenced answers - congrats on topping the 2023 league! Re 2024, I'm also rooting for verbose (it would fit the pattern, one user 3 years running and then another), but it's impossible to predict in January, and probably "this rate" won't be kept up. What's for sure is that Tsundoku, Gareth Rees, and verbose are all among those "extraordinarily knowledgeable users" who deserve their places at the top of the all-time reputation league.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jan 8 at 13:07
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    Thanks @CDR, but I neither spend as much time consistently as Gareth or Rand al'Thor on the site, nor do my answers get as many upvotes as theirs or Tsundoku's. Now that Tsundoku is answering again, I'd bet both of them will be duking it out for top spot in 2024.I agree with OP that your contributions to the site are great.
    – verbose
    Commented Jan 9 at 3:04
  • Is this the first year this was posted? I do not remember hearing that I was the top new user of 2019 (nor do I have any idea how that happened), but I guess I'll accept this accolade now, four years later lol
    – Laurel
    Commented Jan 18 at 16:36
  • @Laurel Yes. It's been posted on SFF and Puzzling for a few years, but this is the first time I've brought the tradition to Lit. Now we can keep updating this post each January. Belated congrats :-)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jan 18 at 18:54


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