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The StackOverflow team believes that everybody's special in their own way and doesn't deserve to have a negative self-esteem (aka reputation).
Other reasons for this design decision could be:
Reputation is stored as an unsigned integer (can't be negative)
Having negative reputation could cause people to ...
Taking a look, it looks like you are losing rep due to posts being deleted - it likely says -2 (removed) if you look at the full reputation breakdown in your profile.
When the posts are deleted, any associated rep is also removed.
Whilst Ashley's answer covers the requirements, I think it's worth knowing why this is the case in the first place. Here is my understanding of the reasoning behind the reputation barrier:
The 'minimum rep' idea steams from Stack Exchange's paradigm of: "Ask questions, get answers, no chit-chat". The idea of Stack Overflow (and later, the entire Stack ...
Looks like vote spam to me, but there's nothing to worry about. Stack Exchange has automated systems built in for detecting serial voting and will reverse the votes if it thinks anything suspicious is going on.
No, you will not. The only way to get back a bounty after it's been placed is to have it returned to you by a mod, which is something a mod will only do in special circumstances. See the privileges page about bounties for more information.
It really isn't hard to get post comments anywhere. 1 good question and 1 good answer (preferably accepted), and that could easily be 70 rep. Get 200 rep on any site on the network, and suddenly, you get the 2 requested features across the board. Well actually, you have to do a little more work to get downvote privileges, but it puts you really close.
If you improve your posts, then it's only fair that the post score goes up, and with it your reputation.
If you make edits just for the sake of making edits, hoping for fresh pairs of eyeballs to see your old stuff and upvote it anyway, then we have a problem.
First things first - take our tour, or check out the help center, for ideas of what's on topic and how we do things here, as it likely is different from other gaming related sites you've been on before.
Second, do your research! When you ask a question, try letting us know where you've looked for information or what you've tried - if the question is easily ...
There are three sets of privilege levels. The first (and lowest across the board) is what's used while the site is in private beta and most people don't have much reputation at all. Once the site moves to public beta, the thresholds are bumped up a bit. Once the sites graduate, the thresholds go up to what they are across the network.
Stack Overflow does ...
Yes. Getting a question or answer downvoted (on the normal site, not on Meta) will lower your reputation score by 2 points. It costs 1 rep to downvote a post an answer. You can find more info on how reputation works in the help center.
Yesterday you received a bunch of votes cast in a very short timeframe. Such anomalous patterns are reversed automatically every night.
If you used a sock puppet to upvote your own account that way, you did something wrong. If the votes were cast by a different user, you did nothing wrong and don't need to worry about anything.
For any who are out of the loop on this update: This is a very controversial change as the StackExchange userbase was not officially informed of the recalculation before it was made. The meta post linked above is sitting at -200 votes at the time of this posting.
Apart from a leaked memo from a StackExchange moderator there was no warning of this change. A ...
Serial voting happens when people vote on many posts by the same author. This is an abuse of the voting system, so the votes have been removed. Since those were up votes on posts by you, you lost reputation, but it's reputation you never really earned to begin with. :)
No. Bounties are not refunded when they expire:
When does a bounty expire?
Bounties expire after seven days. You will receive several notifications a few days before this happens.
If you do not award the bounty within 24 hours of the bounty period ending, half the bounty value will be automatically awarded to the top voted answer posted after the ...
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This is not a bug. Retrosaur normally has tens of thousands of reputation points and earned those badges through normal use of the site. Right now this user is on a temporary suspension, so the rep was temporarily set to 1 by the system. You can see the suspension info by clicking on the user's profile page.
This account is temporarily suspended to cool ...
To better answer the questions that I believe are behind your question, I'll instead answer from the perspective of "What describes the ideal active user of Arqade", and present 3 archetypes.
tl:dr: Seek to be a Baby Bear (balancing rep and ideals in moderation), but the site values and benefits from any user that is active and supportive of the site's ...
You got the association bonus of 100 rep. You get it once on every stack website out there once you reach 200 rep (example: You reached 200rep on Arqade, you got 100 rep here and every other stack website, if you create an account on other stack websites, you'll get 100 rep on them too).
Here is your rep page, you can see it here.
Because the cap is based on total rep gained from upvotes per day (possibly also suggested edits if your rep were lower) not net rep gain per day.
Reducing your reputation by any means does not alter the fact that you have gained the rep cap worth of upvotes.
Some things, like being awarded a bounty, or having rep returned due to serial voting reversal ...
I think there are a couple things you can try to improve upon to better your reputation on this site:
1. Your questions are often easily answered by quick searches, which are usually frowned upon for users to ask.
For instance, take this question you asked about Terraria. Yes, I answered it, along with one other user, but this question was very simple to ...