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This question was downvoted, and the downvote removed, and the user now has 3 rep, even though there are no reputation generating events on the user's page.

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Sweeeeet. 30 free rep for new users. – Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 13:18
@Ian: Only 2. ----------------- – Daniel Daranas Jul 30 '09 at 13:20
...unless you could find fifteen people to downvote, and then restore... – Rowland Shaw Jul 30 '09 at 13:22
At first I thought it was the users own votes that were removed until I realized he can't down vote. So technically you may be able to get 200 rep if people cast 100 down votes against you (lol) and then remove them. – Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 13:29
They would have to remove them all at the same time though. – Brad Gilbert Jul 30 '09 at 14:07
So 'status-bydesign' in this case is equivalent to 'status-toolazytofix', right? – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 14:10
@Brad, I don't think so... They just have to place the original down vote while the user has 1 rep. You're always given 2 rep when vote against you is removed, but down votes don't remove rep if you only have 1. – Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 14:39
@Brad, as proof, I just gave the user 7 rep. – Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 14:41
So if you really want to welcome a 1-rep user, downvote his question, then remove the downvote (rep 3), then upvote (13). Your "power" to increase his rep has increased from 10 points to 12. – Daniel Daranas Jul 30 '09 at 15:45
Apparently, "toolazytofix" and "by design" was not true: it was fixed, and the reverse is now true, your reps are not restored:… – Abel Nov 9 '09 at 12:37
Just tested, and it is still the case that rep can be granted by downvoting and removing the downvote – Rowland Shaw Nov 9 '09 at 15:36
@Abel, the question referenced in your comment above is probably based on community wiki behaviour. It does not seem to refer to any fix. – Arjan Feb 12 '10 at 8:51
up vote 14 down vote accepted

This is no longer the case. Casting a downvote now records the actual value (0 change in this case) and reverses that 0 value upon removing it...the user will correctly stay at 1 reputation.

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It's "as designed" because the FAQ says:

  1. "A down vote on your Question or Answer is removed: +2".
  2. "A user's reputation may not drop below 1".

I'm guessing a reputation recalc will fix this "by design" anomaly.

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a reputation recalc processes all things in order, so a user can receive 10 downvotes and a single upvote and still have a score of 6 - if the upvote was the last thing to happen. – Rowland Shaw Feb 3 '11 at 14:47

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