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
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...unless you could find fifteen people to downvote, and then restore... –  Rowland Shaw Jul 30 '09 at 13:22
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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
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They would have to remove them all at the same time though. –  Brad Gilbert Jul 30 '09 at 14:07
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So 'status-bydesign' in this case is equivalent to 'status-toolazytofix', right? –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 14:10
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@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
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@Brad, as proof, I just gave the user 7 rep. –  Ian Elliott Jul 30 '09 at 14:41
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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: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/29088/… –  Abel Nov 9 '09 at 12:37
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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
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up vote 13 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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Did the user accept an answer. If so you get a bonus 2 rep and the answer gets 15.

So I was thinking he has asked some other question and then accepted an answer to it.

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(Nope. See the comments above.) –  Arjan Jan 24 '11 at 10:44
    
What user was it? –  Benny Jan 24 '11 at 10:45
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See Ian's comment above: A 1-rep user gets downvoted; this would normally subtract 2 rep. However you can't go below 1 rep so they stay at 1. Then the voter user cancels their downvote, which adds back the 2 subtracted rep to cancel the penalty. The problem is that it doesn't notice that no rep was actually subtracted in the first place because of the lower-limit of 1, and just adds 2 rep. –  Rup Jan 24 '11 at 11:28
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