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How does “Reputation” work?

There is presently an unusually large discrepancy between my SO reputation (11,961) and that shown on (11876).

I check this page with some regularity, so this discrepancy is recent. I cannot think of a reason for an 85 point delta. Can one of the moderators please tell me what is going on?

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marked as duplicate by Toon Krijthe, Tim Post Nov 22 '11 at 4:58

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*sigh* Do I really need to dig out all the other questions with the answer Most likely a deleted answer/question? – Time Traveling Bobby Nov 21 '11 at 10:53
@Bobby, but that's just it, I cannot figure out what was deleted or otherwise changed. – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 10:53
@Bobby I see that the cause there was disciplinary action. I also cannot think of anything I have done to merit that. – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 10:55
@Bobby Is there a better way to get support on this issue than posting here? – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 10:56
That was just an example. Also, why would you want to know? Only a Mod/10k can dig through the deleted stuff and check if something recent is there together with you. Lots of work... – Time Traveling Bobby Nov 21 '11 at 10:58
@Bobby I don't think it is unreasonable to want to know why reputation dropped 85 points. If the moderators tell me it is not worth their trouble I guess I will have to live with it, but I am hoping they will not. – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 11:00
Is it really that much work? I assumed moderators could see deleted items on people's profiles. – Martin Smith Nov 21 '11 at 11:03
@MartinSmith - Yes moderators can see deleted posts on profiles, but we'd have to check all the deleted posts to see which ones were deleted most recently to account for this discrepancy. As it's only 90 points it's not really worth the effort. – ChrisF Nov 21 '11 at 11:37
@ChrisF are you a diamond moderator? (Pardon my ignorance, I don't know if it would show up here) Is it any different for them? Is there any way I can manually search for the deleted post without using someone else's time? – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 11:40
@Mr.Wizard - I'm a diamond on Programmers, Web Applications and DIY. As far as I know there's no way for a regular user to search for deleted posts. – ChrisF Nov 21 '11 at 11:42
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I looked through your questions and answers, however I could not find anything deleted recently (as in this week) that would fully account for the discrepancy. I'm not sure how often you check /reputation, but I don't think it was a 90 point drop all at once.

Whatever the combination, such as:

  • Rep earned on posts later made CW then deleted recently (not your fault)
  • Irregular vote checks (not your fault)
  • The house cleaning we've been doing recently (not your fault)

... it was (not your fault).

Note, I did not check every date on every answer and every question that was deleted, because I just don't have time to do that. However, nothing seems out of the ordinary.

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I appreciate your checking, thank you. It did seem to happen fairly rapidly, hence my concern. – Mr.Wizard Nov 22 '11 at 5:08
The new review system has been dredging up all kinds of stuff, so I'm not surprised. But no, it wasn't a sudden (single) 90 point drop. I'm pretty sure you lost it on points you got on posts later converted to CW, then ultimately (and recently) deleted. – Tim Post Nov 22 '11 at 5:11

Just press the "Trigger Reputation Recalc" button at the bottom of the page. This will result in the real reputation value being shown to you on the main page.

The usual sources for such discrepancies are deleted posts. The source wasn't the irregular-voting script as that one would have triggered a recalc automatically.

A moderator could theoretically see deleted posts in your profile, but they can't easily see at which time it was deleted without checking every single deleted post. I personally think it is unreasonable to ask a moderator to spend that effort, though.

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They are not asking how to synch the reputation. – Martin Smith Nov 21 '11 at 11:04
I am aware of the recalc button. I didn't realize it would be that much work for a diamond moderator. I still shall wait for one to decline to help, but as stated in a comment above, I am prepared to live with that. I had hoped that reputation changes were more transparent to someone. – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 11:06
@Mr.Wizard The amount of work depends heavily on the number of deleted posts in your profile. A likely explanation is that you asked or answered a question that was subsequently closed and then deleted at some point. – Mad Scientist Nov 21 '11 at 11:11
Okay. Since I have over 10K rep, is there some way I can search for this deleted post? – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 11:12
@Mr.Wizard No, the search options for deleted posts are all mod-only, as far as I know. – Mad Scientist Nov 21 '11 at 11:15
I see. Is there a method by which I could search manually? It is not my aim to cause someone else a lot of work, but I really want to know why if it is at all possible, so I am willing to put some work into it. – Mr.Wizard Nov 21 '11 at 11:17

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