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Another day, another user confused by one of these contextless messages. Losing rep is scary and without a good explanation these users end up both confused and asking yet another duplicate question on Meta.

How about we add a little "what's this?" in the form of a superscript question mark (?) or question mark icon linking to some proper description of what these mean? (or hovertext or make the words a link, something). The serial voting one in particular seems to often be read as implicating the user, which is never fun.

Additionally the "User was removed" and "serial Xvoting" descriptions are plain text, unlike normal rep changes are links. Most rep changes give a quick link to where the change happened, but these more unusual ones don't.

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Hmm, this reminds me of a design bug on Arqade... But anyway, good call on the unobtrusive help icon, since this information is pretty much only useful once. –  Tim Stone Jan 24 '13 at 14:20
    
A step further from this Link here. Totally approve. –  SPArchaeologist Jan 24 '13 at 16:22
    
You mean like in this mockup for closed question formatting? (image from meta.stackexchange.com/questions/70061/…) –  Pops Apr 11 '13 at 20:02
    
@PopularDemand I've always thought the fully written out "what's this" was a bit excessive for things you're going to see often. A link and a question mark is pretty standard –  Ben Brocka Apr 11 '13 at 20:23
    
Fair enough. But that same general idea? I'm not complaining here, just trying to make sure I understand what you're suggesting. –  Pops Apr 11 '13 at 20:25
    
@PopularDemand yeah, something like that, or even just a tooltip explaining something –  Ben Brocka Apr 11 '13 at 21:01

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