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Why does reputation have a lower bound of 1?
Why isn't a negative reputation applied in SO?

New user who has 1 reputation point.He or she asked a question then other users down-vote his/her question.Can his/her reputation be minus? If not, why?

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Already three downvotes, I guess someone is willing to try out! –  KooKiz Aug 28 '12 at 11:30
    
I'm afraid to ask question :) –  Sai Ye Yan Naing Aye Aug 28 '12 at 11:33
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No.

Reputation is there to give incentive and reward users. A negative reputation would be the opposite of an incentive - it would be a sort of punishment.

As someone once said -

The StackOverflow team believes that everybody's special in their own way and doesn't deserve to have a negative self-esteem (aka reputation).

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