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Should up and down votes cancel each other?

I joined about 30 min ago, asked a question, that got "-1", and in my reputation changes it has none, but for some reason, I now have 8 reputation! I am happy about that and glad to have reputation, but I'm wondering why i have it...

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marked as duplicate by random Feb 15 '12 at 12:23

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Your question's vote counts show +2 - 1 + accepted answer. This results in a total of +7 reputation, on top of your base reputation of 1. At 1000 reputation, you can view vote counts. You can also show vote counts using the “View Vote totals” without 1000 rep userscript. – Rob W Feb 13 '12 at 22:13
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Your question was first downvoted two times (-4, but reputation can't fall below 1), then upvoted (+5), and you accepted an answer (+2).

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