This is the thread, and it has/had 0 answers at the time of asking this question. But when I went through OP's reputation change I found this

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The line I am concerned about is this

 -1        6 mins ago  downvote

. I am more familiar with Stack Overflow, than Meta. Is Meta's reputation system different? For stackoverflow you can lose -1 reputation only if you down vote an answer. But how can OP lose -1 reputation on an unanswered question?

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It's because of the order of events. The OP only lost 1 reputation from that down vote, because at the time it was cast, he only had two reputation total.

He started with 1 rep. Got a +5, two -2's, and then the -1. The other upvotes followed. I'm not certain whether a rep recalc will correct this automatically, but I'm also not sure it really matters.

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Oh.. Ok then one can't have negative or 0 rep..Good.. hadn't thought of that.. –  Krishnabhadra Dec 28 '12 at 5:53
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@Krishnabhadra Correct; the system has a floor of 1. The hole can only be dug so deep. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 28 '12 at 5:54
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No idea why this question got down voted though –  Krishnabhadra Dec 28 '12 at 5:57
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It appears the user hit the bottom limit for reputation which is 1. You can't have negative rep so the order of events does matter.

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This is because when that user got that downvote he/she had only 2 reputation at that time. And reputation has lower bound of 1

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