After asking a question about my reputation and whether there had been another recent recalculation, a number of responders pointed me to one of the "hidden" features of StackOverflow, the Reputation Audit/Log
I'd known about this when it was first introduced, but had completely forgotten about it by the time I asked that last reputation related question. Since I've re-discovered the rep. audit, I have another question which is simply,
Why is my "status bar" reputation value different from the "audit log" value ?
To further illustrate my point, here's a lovely screen grab that I've put together using my leet MS Paint skillz ;)
(All figures correct as at 24th May 2010 09:29:00 UTC)
I've been watching to the two values for a few days, and they're always different. I'd have thought that the same reputation calculation algorithm would be used in both cases, just that the reputation audit/log shows the running totals as it were. I'm guessing there's two different algorithms at work here, but if that's the case, why?