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I just made my first post and it got down voted.

reputation = -2

Then I selected a best answer, earned +2 rep for it.

reputation = 3 but technically it should be 0 (or 1 if they don't like zeroes)

Now look at my recent page. All time reputation earned = 8. But at top it shows 11. see this:

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/recent/134258

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We can't see your recent page btw. –  jjnguy Aug 20 '09 at 15:47
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@Warrior: See here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2621/… –  balpha Aug 20 '09 at 15:48
    
oooo, but I can! –  Jeff Atwood Aug 20 '09 at 15:48
    
Maybe I can too, but you just don't know.... –  jjnguy Aug 20 '09 at 15:50
    
@balpha a few sec ago it showed 3 instead of 1. That's a bug for sure. –  Warrior Aug 20 '09 at 15:52
    
okay, see my recent page. All time reputation earned = 8. But at top it shows 11. –  Warrior Aug 20 '09 at 15:57
    
@Diago you should have cross checked the bug first. –  Warrior Aug 20 '09 at 15:58
    
Re-opened. However I suspect it's a caching issue. –  Diago Aug 20 '09 at 16:02
    
Yeah, that's been around for a while. If you click one of the other tabs on your "recent" page (reputation, responses, etc.) and then back to the "summary" tab, you've got the right number. –  balpha Aug 20 '09 at 16:07
    
@diago I saw it just after choosing the best answer, so certainly not a caching issue. –  Warrior Aug 20 '09 at 16:17
    
@balpha I still see wrong numbers there. 18 and 21. –  Warrior Aug 20 '09 at 16:18
    
I'm pretty sure that's how it will be for the whole day. But 3 rep is nothing to worry about. –  jjnguy Aug 20 '09 at 16:21

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You can't go negative. It sometimes causes interesting bugs. But the possible rep to be gained by any exploit is very minimal, and thus, I'd say, not important enough to fix.

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