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How did I get to 13 rep? I had a rep of 1, answered a question that got one upvote, and now I have 13.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

One downvote, followed immediately by one up-vote from the same user. In your case, it was me - welcome to MetaSO! Only works when the user has a rep of 1.

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I'll trust you and you 8K+ rep!! – Austin Salonen Sep 4 '09 at 18:52
If this is what happened, it is a bug. It created two points out of thin air... – John the Seagull Sep 4 '09 at 18:52
It is - this was asked here in the past too. – Sampson Sep 4 '09 at 18:53
It's been mentioned in the past. It may be a bug, but there's no easy way (short of a rep recalc) to fix it. If we get a rep recalc here on MSO and you don't have any rep associated with deleted answers your rep will fall by two points. – ChrisF Sep 4 '09 at 19:06
It's a bug that is "status-bydesign", because, you know, returning rep that a user never had is clearly intentional. – Ian Elliott Sep 4 '09 at 19:10
It's a bug that is "status-bydesign" because the impact is so negligible (a possible 1-time grant of 2 points) that it's probably not worth the effort to fix. :) (There should be a "status-not-freakin-worth-it" for these things.) :) – John Rudy Sep 4 '09 at 19:18
Well it can technically be gamed to an infinite amount of rep if the offenders are willing. Not a serious issue, but since the SO source is now a SAAS even the small bugs should be patched. – Ian Elliott Sep 4 '09 at 19:21
@Ian: The rep increase can only be 2 per user, surely you see that? – ベレアー アダム Sep 5 '09 at 11:44
@Adam, no, it depends on the order that votes are cast, it's 2 per vote, per user. If done in the right order 30 users could add 60 rep per post to a new user, before adding another 300. – Ian Elliott Sep 5 '09 at 17:32

Another way to get 13 is to start at 1, ask a question, get one upvote (+10), then accept an answer (+2).

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See this question: There is a bug where you can get free reputation.

To summarize, through unicorn power and waffle dust you magically went from 1 to 3 reputation. The rest is history.

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I was wondering where all these crumbs came from. ;-) – Austin Salonen Sep 4 '09 at 19:12

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