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Soon after I joined SO, there was a discrepancy between the reputation shown in the rep audit ( http://stackoverflow.com/reputation ) and the reputation on my profile. IIRC the one on the audit is the "real" reputation. At first the site used to show I had 50 more points than I actually had, because of this.

The gap got smaller and smaller, and now the site says I have 9 less points than the rep audit.
What causes the rep to go out of sync, and more specifically, why does it tend to go down (ie site shows less than "real" rep)? The only reason I can think of is:

  • My downvotes to deleted posts don't get recalculated.

But from my calculations it wouldn't be enough to create this much discrepancy. So what could be the other reasons?

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closed as too localized by NullUserException อ_อ Nov 4 '12 at 16:46

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It's undocumented. Related question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/43609/… –  BalusC Aug 22 '10 at 7:02
    
This does: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denormalization –  Uphill Luge Aug 22 '10 at 8:40

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Deletion of posts, deletion of users, are common reasons.

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But deletion of users only affects the rep because their posts are deleted too, right? –  NullUserException อ_อ Aug 22 '10 at 16:55
    
@null all their votes are deleted as well –  Jeff Atwood Aug 23 '10 at 3:43
    
how about migrated or undeleted posts? –  malach Sep 21 '10 at 13:54

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