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I've noticed a certain behavior in the reputation of any user. More often than not, there are many new users joining SO just to ask some very basic questions, without trying anything.

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When such questions are asked, we generally downvote that question to say that no effort was shown by the asked, but I've often noticed that the reputation of that user never falls below 1. Is 1 some kind of magic number, here at SO or say, at the all StackExchange sites?

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marked as duplicate by Bart, Asad, Rob W, Mat, ChrisF Mar 25 '13 at 8:50

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The minimum reputation any user can have is 1. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7237/how-does-reputation-work (Deleted my answer, because I flagged the question as duplicate of the reference in this comment. =) –  J. Steen Mar 25 '13 at 8:36
    
In this case, Toon's answer is somewhat better because it gives an explanation of why, so I'll keep mine deleted. Even if that answer is in the duplicate. ;) –  J. Steen Mar 25 '13 at 8:42
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The minimum reputation is 1.

The reason behind this is psychological. A reputation of 0 or lower is not good for self esteem.

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