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So I logged into SO this morning and noticed my rep score was a few points higher than yesterday, but I could find no indication of why, so naturally I went to /reputation. and there noticed that my rep score was this.

 3   3286270 (-2)
 2   3291010 (5)
 2   3291010 (5)
 2   3291010 (5)
 1   3291027 (2)
 2   3291010 (5)
-- 2010-07-20 rep +20   = 698       
 2   3286270 (10)
-- 2010-07-23 rep +10   = 708       

** total rep 708 :)

Yet when I look on SO it is this. 689 != 708

So my question is am I misunderstanding something here or is something up?

*Question that I got rep on today

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3286257/3286270#3286270, but no votes, interesting.

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It's by design :( There are different ways where/how the score is saved/calculated/cached. Likely with performance in mind. You can flag a moderator to request for a "recalc". This is likely never going to be solved. See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/43609/… –  BalusC Jul 23 '10 at 15:46
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BTW: you have one upvote and one downvote on that answer. So net score is 0. –  BalusC Jul 23 '10 at 15:48
    
Interesting, so they are all correct and none of them correct then, eh? –  msarchet Jul 23 '10 at 15:49
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Do you want a recalc right now or would you like to keep it this way for a little while for observation? –  mmyers Jul 23 '10 at 15:50
    
@BalusC and @Grace Note, see now that makes sense, I wish I could see up and down votes on my own answers. –  msarchet Jul 23 '10 at 15:50
    
@msarchet Your displayed score is cached, since it's shown constantly all over the site, but the /reputation score should be accurate –  Michael Mrozek Jul 23 '10 at 15:51
    
@mmyers, I'd like to watch it for a bit and see what happens –  msarchet Jul 23 '10 at 15:51
    
@Michael Mrozek, right makes the most sense –  msarchet Jul 23 '10 at 15:51
    
@msarchet: you can instantly see up/downvote totals when you've at least 1000 reputation. –  BalusC Jul 23 '10 at 15:53
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You can always see the upvotes and downvotes, albeit requiring manual calculation but regardless of reputation, using the time machine! –  Grace Note Jul 23 '10 at 15:53
    
@Grace: wow, how did you know about that hidden feature? Is it somewhere linked on the question itself? –  BalusC Jul 23 '10 at 15:56
    
@BalusC Jeff had a big announcement for its testing a month ago. I don't recall when it ever got pushed to the other sites, but it certainly was. It isn't linked anywhere, you still need to manually enter it. –  Grace Note Jul 23 '10 at 16:00
    
@Grace Note, that may be the best thing I've ever seen on SO. @BalusC, I know I'm getting there only 292 more rep to go! –  msarchet Jul 23 '10 at 16:00
    
@Grace: thanks! I should peek a bit more often on Meta than only once a day or two ;) –  BalusC Jul 23 '10 at 16:07
    
@Grace, BalusC, msarchet: There's a greasemonkey script if you use timeline enough to want a link for it –  Michael Mrozek Jul 23 '10 at 17:05

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The /reputation page was created so that you could see what reputation you should have. Sometimes that and your actual reputation don't match due to things like deleted questions, answers and other things in the system that aren't automatically reflected in your current reputation.

If you feel that your /reputation number is significantly far off from your actual number, flag one of your posts for moderator attention requesting a reputation recalc. They would be happy to bring those two numbers in line.

Personally, I'm fine if the numbers are off by a little, but when they are off by over 100, I like to get my rep recalculated.

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@Chahca102 these are my sentiments, I just wondered what was going on. –  msarchet Jul 23 '10 at 15:52
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While email works as suggested here, flagging one of your posts for moderator attention works well (provided you haven't expired all of your posts, at any rate). –  Grace Note Jul 23 '10 at 15:54
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Actually, I'd say flagging is the preferred method. Much quicker and you don't bother the developers unnecessarily. –  mmyers Jul 23 '10 at 15:57
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don't forget deleted users whose votes are also all deleted. –  Jeff Atwood Jul 23 '10 at 17:13

This is typically due to votes on deleted questions and answers, which are accurately reflected on /reputation but not on the cached score. A rep-recalc will fix the discrepancy.

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