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Yesterday I had a little over 1,500 reputation on SO. Today I have a little over 1,200. The reputation tab on my profile does not indicate any mass down voting of my questions or answers. I haven't received any comments or responses in the last day or so.

Is there any other way to find why 300 point would just go missing?

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That would have to be one very bad answer/question to get that many downvotes. haha. – Troggy Aug 12 '09 at 16:01
Hmm, I just manually added up all the upvotes on your profile to make a rough rep calculation. I came with about 1500 points. – mmyers Aug 12 '09 at 16:06
My next theory is that ~30 upvotes are on questions/answers that have since turned to CW, and your rep has then been recalculated. – mmyers Aug 12 '09 at 16:08
Holy cow! You just counted all my votes? I've never done that before. – Sailing Judo Aug 12 '09 at 16:15
You only have 39 questions and 43 answers; it isn't that hard to do. – mmyers Aug 12 '09 at 16:26

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

It's almost certainly going to be due to a "high value" question or answer being either deleted or (more likely) migrated to SuperUser, ServerFault or Meta.

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Looking at your reputation graph, I don't see a recent drop (or a drop of any kind), so I suspect that you lost reputation due to a rep recalc. Downvotes, bounties, and (iirc) posts that were removed as "offensive" are present in the graph. Other things like association bonuses are not, but I still think that this is due to a recalc.

Since you lost a substantial amount of rep, can you identify a popular question or answer that's missing from your profile? Perhaps it's a highly-ranked answer whose questions has been migrated to another site?

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You can click on the envelope beside your account name or look at the reputation graph in your profile.

However, this might have been due to a rep recalc, and you won't find it at all.

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Guess this must be the case. As far as I can tell none of my questions or answers went up or down more than 1 or 2 votes in teh last few days. – Sailing Judo Aug 12 '09 at 16:06

If you have a question or answer that got flagged as offensive, you would have lost 100 points. That post would also be deleted, so you wouldn't see it unless you have 10k+ rep points.

So You could have lost that many points if you had three posts flagged as offensive.

See here, for more details.

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I thought you lost 100 points when something was removed as offensive...? runs to check FAQ – Kyle Cronin Aug 12 '09 at 16:24
According to the unofficial FAQ (which may be out of date) you lose 100 points: stackoverflow.com/questions/135685/… – Kyle Cronin Aug 12 '09 at 16:26
@Kyle Cronin: Yes, it's -100 for an offensive post. At least it was a couple of weeks ago when I last observed it happening. – mmyers Aug 12 '09 at 16:27
Whoops. ​ – Brad Gilbert Aug 12 '09 at 16:52
Fixed the answer, and added a reference. – Brad Gilbert Aug 12 '09 at 16:53

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