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The global reputation recalc of March 2010

I hadn't logged into the site for about a month and my score is has dropped by over a thousand points!

By reading other similar questions, it seems that drops in score are usually caused by scripts that detect fraudulent voting, but I've had the score for a while now and this seems different.

What's happened? It'd be nice to receive a notification when your score drops that much.

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marked as duplicate by John Saunders, Tyler Carter, Jeff Atwood Mar 27 '10 at 21:11

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Hey, don't thrash this poster. He evidently did some reading before posting. That puts him on up on certain others. – dmckee Mar 27 '10 at 22:19

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There was a rule change and scores dropped because everyones score was recalculated.

Here is the FAQ. You can read more about it here as well.

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Hey, what gives the downvote? – Spoike Mar 27 '10 at 21:13
The downvote is to signify that we, instead of pointing out the duplicate in the comment, and voting to close the question as a duplicate like good boys, chose to make it a (totally superfluous) answer instead, in the hopes of harvesting some ill-gotten reputation. :) – Pëkka Mar 27 '10 at 21:33
You know, since I have a low score, I don't have the authority to vote a question to close which is why I can't help with marking it as a duplicate. However any reasoning I can think of why downvoting an answer, especially one that was correct and helpful, seems like a move that a jerk would make. As of right now, two jerks. :) – Spoike Mar 27 '10 at 21:44
@Spoike don't take it too seriously. This is Meta, and voting habits (and answering habits) are different to SO proper. A downvote is seen more as a sign of disagreement, and not necessarily an unhelpful answer. – Pëkka Mar 27 '10 at 21:46
If you are posting on an obvious duplicate you can add a comment or you can mark it as CW... – Zoredache Mar 27 '10 at 21:48
That's one of the quickest Godwins I've seen, and all for something that doesn't matter, since these dupe questions are eventually deleted and the rep changes reversed during the next recalc. – Gnome Mar 27 '10 at 23:20
Actually, I usually downvote answers on dupes on SO too. Sorry to be a jerk, but spreading answers across multiple questions just makes it harder to find answers and makes more cleanup work later to merge the content. – Ether Mar 28 '10 at 0:37
@Spoike, don't let the comment nazis get to you. You're welcome to have this as an answer. – Lance Roberts Mar 31 '10 at 19:52

There was a recalculation.

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