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For example, if your reputation starts above 50 and then falls below 50, do you lose the ability to leave comments? Or, are privileges forever, once earned?

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possible duplicate of Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK? –  Gilles Feb 20 '12 at 12:21

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Can you lose an ability if your reputation falls below a threshold?

Yes.

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Definitely true. I was at 10,009 rep for a few seconds before an upvote was removed:

Rep with notice

But the privileges aren't there

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It's true. I had set a bounty worth 50 rep when my reputation was 1049, and I subsequently lost the abillity to see up/down votes (for which you need 1000 points).

It only took me a minute to get the reputation back, though.

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Not only that, but you can lose an ability if the threshold moves (for example, when a site moves out of beta.) It is clearly checked each time you try to take the action, rather than caching some sort of permissions flag in your profile.

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Yep. I lost my ability to vote-to-flamethrower(close) when I offered a bounty of 100. Got it back, though :)

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