It seems that I've lost 100 reputation; presumably this is because an answer of mine has been automatically closed after a certain number of downvotes. The answer was CW, which I had assumed would not affect my rep, it was a non-serious joke answer to an offtopic question: why has this cost me 100 rep?

PS. I've googled and searched on this site and can't find any reference to losing points like this. I may also be wrong as this states quite clearly that voting on a CW post should not affect rep.

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

What was your answer?

If it was flagged as spam enough times, it comes with a penalty of -100 reputation.

As George Stocker pointed out, the -100 reputation penalty also comes with the offensive, abusive, or hate speech flags.

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Or if it's flagged as offensive, abusive, or hate speech. –  George Stocker Nov 6 '09 at 19:32
@George Stocker, right you are. I was searching for a FAQ entry on flag reasons, but couldn't find one, so I just went off memory. Which on a Friday afternoon, is just gone. –  Brandon Nov 6 '09 at 19:36
Well, the answer has been removed so I can't link to it. Last time I checked, it had been marked offensive twice (and the question was closed). It had a very weak swearword in it, referencing the movie Airplane! Some people on SO have quite literally no sense of humour. –  oxbow_lakes Nov 6 '09 at 19:36
And if happens if you were the last person to edit said post, if I recall correctly. And oxbow, sadly you are correct about some folks having no sense of humor. (Speaking of, whatever happened to Meta Friday ... ?) –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 19:39
Last I looked (an hour or two ago), that particular answer was sitting at 3 offensive and 1 spam vote, so this is exactly what happened. –  mmyers Nov 6 '09 at 19:43
@John Rudy: No, the rep hit now applies to the original poster, not the last editor. –  mmyers Nov 6 '09 at 19:43
I wouldnt say 100 rep is a penalty, but -100 rep is a penalty. So i changed the post –  Ólafur Waage Nov 6 '09 at 19:46
My dear viking, a -100$ loss is a gain. –  Ladybug Killer Nov 6 '09 at 19:50
@mmeyers: Thank you, very glad to hear that, now that I've turned into an edit freak ... :) –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 19:56
@oxbow_lakes: Some people on any reasonably large net forum will have absolutely no sense of humor, and I don't see this changing. Saying things that are likely to offend people on the forum just to make a joke is asking for trouble. Unfortunate but true. –  David Thornley Nov 6 '09 at 20:53
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