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I have noticed that the user user1602612 answered many questions and has earned various upvotes and badges including meta badges. But still, his reputation is 1! Furthermore his profile shows he is a member for only 3 days! On the Reputation Tab, it is written that "This user has no reputation changes". Why is this so?

As Rob W commented: this user has two Stack Overflow accounts within a single Stack Exchange account, one being 3 years old, the other only a few days. (screenshot)

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What??? Two accounts on Stack Overflow?? See bottom of stackexchange.com/users/45892/user135448?tab=accounts Screenie: i.stack.imgur.com/09EeJ.png (one acc is 3 years old, the other one 2 days). –  Rob W Aug 18 '12 at 9:55
    
Can a person have Two accounts on Stack Overflow with same ID? –  blasteralfred Ψ Aug 18 '12 at 9:56
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Why -1 for my question?? :( –  blasteralfred Ψ Aug 18 '12 at 9:56
    
@blasteralfred Don't worry about meta votes. These just express opinion. –  Rob W Aug 18 '12 at 9:57
    
Or, @Bart, this user somehow erroneously managed to create a new account using the same OpenID and things got messed up? –  Arjan Aug 18 '12 at 10:00
    
@Arjan Who knows. Perhaps. –  Bart Aug 18 '12 at 10:02
    
@Bart, I've never seen reputation being removed. Sure, rep can be set to 1 (to remove privileges) while being suspended, but then after a suspension all is fine again. And both accounts are active. –  Arjan Aug 18 '12 at 10:04
    
@Arjan Fair enough. Thing is, we can only guess. I don't get the whole point of this question anyway. There's not much point to random guessing (removed my assumption btw. Equally pointless) –  Bart Aug 18 '12 at 10:05
    
Agreed, the "discussion" tag is indeed useless, @Bart. –  Arjan Aug 18 '12 at 10:06
    
@Bart - It's reporting a probable bug. –  Martin Smith Aug 18 '12 at 10:06
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@Arjan Only way reputation can be removed is spam flags - 6 of them together or one from a moderator carry a -100 penalty. –  Yannis Aug 18 '12 at 10:07
    
Sure, @Yannis, but would that hide other reputation? Seems a bug to me (whether or not some bad behaviour caused the two accounts to have been —partially— merged). –  Arjan Aug 18 '12 at 10:10
    
@Arjan Merge gone bad was my first thought also... –  Yannis Aug 18 '12 at 10:11
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Possibly a timed suspension. The user gets locked at 1 rep in that case: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/04/a-day-in-the-penalty-box/ –  Ral Zarek Aug 18 '12 at 11:01
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@RalZarek In the case of a suspension, a small banner will appear on top of the user profile. This user doesn't have such an indication. –  Rob W Aug 18 '12 at 11:03
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up vote 18 down vote accepted

A background merge process hit a deadlock here while a backfill for the new review tasks was running the other day. When we tried to move their suggested edit votes over as part of the merge, it was at odds with that review task backfill.

This affected 6 accounts in total, all of which I just manually fixed. If you notice any other oddities, please ping me here and I'll take a look.

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this user also has many posts, but a "reputation of 1"; seems related to the above problem, though a bit dated. stackoverflow.com/users/893605/hitesh-patel?tab=reputation –  donfede Nov 28 '12 at 5:26
    
@donfede - users have a reputation of 1 (and thus no privileges) while suspended, so that's normal. –  Nick Craver Nov 28 '12 at 17:13
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