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I assume green is the increase in rep, but what's the red? I see 0s or negatives. No idea what they mean. Can a link be added to explain?

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Isn't this pretty obvious? –  GEOCHET Aug 11 '09 at 17:25
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@Rich B: It's a rush to ask the most obvious questions before they're all duplicates. –  XMLbog Aug 11 '09 at 17:26
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@Rich B: I call dibs on asking what language Stack Overflow's content is. –  XMLbog Aug 11 '09 at 17:27
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@Welbog: Has anyone asked about problems with certain characters in links yet? –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Aug 11 '09 at 17:29
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If green is 'go', red would be... uh... I better look this up. –  GEOCHET Aug 11 '09 at 17:29
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I'm going to ask how to click links on Stack Overflow since I have seen no documentation regarding its best practices. –  XMLbog Aug 11 '09 at 17:32
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Better be careful Welbog, your question on best link clicking practices may be very subjective. –  Ian Elliott Aug 11 '09 at 17:37
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Let's just do a catch-all question: Can you explain everything the Stack Overflow team has done to make SO usable so that things don't need to be explained? You see, I'm having trouble with these idiot-proof features. They're giving me a hard time. –  XMLbog Aug 11 '09 at 17:37
    
"If I use StackOverflow, will my power requirements for my PC change?" –  GEOCHET Aug 11 '09 at 17:39
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My Favorite from Yesterday: "How Do I ask Questions on StackOverflow? –  Tyler Carter Aug 11 '09 at 17:40
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I feel like mule-kicking a four year old. –  TheTXI Aug 11 '09 at 17:41
    
"​**How do you post a comment on a question with an obvious answer?**​" –  Brad Gilbert Aug 11 '09 at 17:57
    
What if he was color blind? –  Troggy Aug 11 '09 at 18:16
    
He wouldn't have noticed a difference between the colours, then. –  XMLbog Aug 11 '09 at 18:44
    
Man, I wish I could be as smart a$$ you welbog. ;) –  Troggy Aug 11 '09 at 19:11

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Red represents a loss of repuation from anything, not just downvotes, this includes:

  • Bounties placed on questions
  • 100 rep loss from offensive votes
  • Downvotes
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Red is for down-votes. You will see -2 for every down-vote someone gives you, and -1 for every down-vote you give. -100 for for questions/answers flagged offensive. It will also include any bounties you have set.

I don't think this has been discussed, so I'm not sure I can find a link to add.

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