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For example, on the Reputation History page, there are several numbers, positive and negative, which are very unclear. Hovering over the numbers should display a tooltip explaining what the reputation is for. (For example, “an answer of yours was upvoted”, “an answer of yours was accepted”, etc.)

Similarly, on the Reputation tab of the Recent History page, there are equally mysterious numbers that could be clarified with a tooltip.

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A single number may be from multiple causes: upvotes+accepted answer. – Rebecca Chernoff Jul 31 '10 at 16:23
Is that something that is presented when we hit 1000 reputation? (See – kbrimington Jul 31 '10 at 17:38
@kbrimington No, that just lets you see how many upvotes and downvotes a particular post has, instead of just upvotes-downvotes – Michael Mrozek Jul 31 '10 at 18:06

You really just can't figure that out?

+5 = Upvote (Question)
+10 = Upvote (Answer)
+15 = Accepted Answer
> +49 = Bounty

-2 = Downvote
-100 = Flag

If you really care go here:

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There's a collision between losing rep for giving a bounty and losing rep for flags; they can both show up as -100 – Michael Mrozek Jul 31 '10 at 18:33
“You really just can't figure that out?” — As you’ve demonstrated, it is impossible. Two upvotes for a question are indistinguishable from one upvote for an answer, for example. And what does “flag” mean? I’ve flagged more than 10 comments and definitely haven’t lost 1000 reputation from that. See how unclear this all is? – Timwi Aug 2 '10 at 8:00
Regarding the link you gave: holy crap, even more numbers and even fewer explanations! What the hell do you guys call UI? – Timwi Aug 2 '10 at 8:00
@Timwi an upvote and an accepted answer is highly distinguishable from 5 questions up votes. One can only happen for a question and can only happen for an answer. – Tyler Carter Aug 2 '10 at 12:51
@Chacha, If your assumption is that we shouldn't implement anything that we could figure out for ourselves, then SO itself wouldn't be needed would it? 60% of the questions can be solved with a reasonable level of Google-fu. – devinb Aug 3 '10 at 14:42
@devinb That is not what I'm saying. What I am saying is that I don't think we need tool-tips to break down a reputation listing that is quite simple, and frankly, not used that often. – Tyler Carter Aug 3 '10 at 15:14
It's used by @Timwi. And it makes sense that if it's unusable, then it won't become "used that often" =P I agree that it's fairly simple, but that's just because you and I both know the exact set of rep-modifiers. Not every user would know that. – devinb Aug 3 '10 at 15:22
@dwvinb It isn't used that often because it a graph. A small graph on the user table thats shows your reputation over time. The recent activity stream is far more useful for seeing your latest reputation. If the team were to improve this, it would be a waste. Especially compared to all the other more important things they could be doing. – Tyler Carter Aug 3 '10 at 15:29

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