Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

Over the last few days, my reputation on Stack Overflow has slowly declined from 665 to 659. However, when I look at my reputation page, I only see a single -2 from one of my answers being downvoted; I have apparently lost 4 reputation without any record of where they went or why. Where are the other losses coming from?

Edit: After asking this question I was directed via link to the right to a page that suggested I enable "show removed posts" at the bottom of my reputation page. After clicking on that checkbox, I now have a paper trail for 2 of those missing 4 reputation, but the other 2 remain undocumented. So there are in fact reputation points that are not accounted for even with that option selected.

share|improve this question
Go to your reputation page and click on show removed posts – hims056 Apr 6 '13 at 12:22
I did; there are still -2 unaccounted for. Editing that into my question now – DiMono Apr 6 '13 at 12:23
You can also check it on – hims056 Apr 6 '13 at 12:23
At the bottom of your Reputation page is a checkbox to 'show removed posts'. Try that to see if there are any posts deleted that you'd previously earned rep on. – JonW Apr 6 '13 at 12:23
Do you see the question hangman game stuff for others to learn from in python on your reputation report? You had gained 2 points for an edit, but then it was deleted. – Bill the Lizard Apr 6 '13 at 12:27
@BilltheLizard Yes, I saw that. That accounts for 2 of the 4 I'm talking about. There are still 2 unaccounted for – DiMono Apr 6 '13 at 12:28
Hangman game stuff for others to learn from in python!?! Sounds like an awesome question, who deleted that @BilltheLizard? ;P – Yannis Apr 6 '13 at 12:28
@Yannis deleted by Community♦ 1 hour ago – hjpotter92 Apr 6 '13 at 12:32
Okay, then I also only see -4 for you in the past couple of days. Before that there was -30 when a question you answered was deleted and another -2 for a suggested edit on a deleted post, both on March 26. – Bill the Lizard Apr 6 '13 at 12:32
@Yannis I can send you the pastebin link if you really want it. :) – Bill the Lizard Apr 6 '13 at 12:33
@BilltheLizard I really don't ;P (but thanks for offering) – Yannis Apr 6 '13 at 12:34

No, reputation does not degrade over time. Go to the bottom of and check "show removed posts". You can also see a detailed report here (try using the recalc button at the bottomn, though it's supposed to be obsolete it has been known to fix some quirky edge cases)

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .