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If you attempt to recalculate your reputation more than one time per day, the following message is shown:

Reputation cannot be recalculated more then once per day.

Correct: 'more than once'.

Also, there's some lag with recalc, even when it is forced: prevents high server loads?

I am glad to be helping you, your Grammar Nazi.

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Oh SHI-- People, I've just lost 80 rep after triggering a recalc: from 1793 to 1713! Can I get it back!? :-( –  Yasir Arsanukaev Jan 26 '11 at 15:43
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No, that is the point of the recalc. To see why your rep would have dropped, refer to this question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/74905/… –  Brandon Jan 26 '11 at 15:59
    
@Brandon: I remember, I havent posted to CW though, and it seems none of questions is CW now. Okay. –  Yasir Arsanukaev Jan 26 '11 at 16:03
    
This is the same on english.stackexchange.com, kinda funny? 'Reputation cannot be recalculated more then once per day.' –  rightføld Jan 26 '11 at 19:16
    
@Radek S: I guess it'll change on the next reload of their platform :-) –  Yasir Arsanukaev Jan 26 '11 at 19:31

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Actually, this is by design. You see, the character a is ASCII 97, which is 01100001 in binary. On the other hand, e is ASCII 101, or 01100101.

As I'm sure you know, zeros are more expensive then than ones to send over a network connection (because they're well-rounded and hence heavier).

And since Stack Overflow currently has lots of problems with bandwidth (ever since a clueless intern caused our network load to skyrocket by sending unneccessary newlines across the internet), we have to save where we can.

We were hoping no-one would notice this.

But alas, you did.

So we fixed it.

Thanks.

:)

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... (express of astonishment) –  BalusC Jan 26 '11 at 17:43
    
@balpha: LOL. Oh noes, you just wasted 100 KiB of SE traffic by posting your answer :-) BTW, should I accept the answer? –  Yasir Arsanukaev Jan 26 '11 at 17:45
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+1. I like my bytes well rounded. –  badp Jan 26 '11 at 17:51
    
@badp: +1 for getting the reference :) –  balpha Jan 26 '11 at 18:10
    
@YasirArsanukaev: Accept if you want to; this is Meta, it doesn't really matter. BTW, I would've received a notification of your comment even before your edit; the owner of the post you're commenting on always gets notified, whether you include a @reply or not. –  balpha Jan 26 '11 at 18:13
    
@balpha: I suspected about notice, but I've edited the comment (I fail at English) several times, and after the 2nd edit just added @ to ensure you'll get back to read the comment again. ;-) –  Yasir Arsanukaev Jan 26 '11 at 18:16
    
+1 for referring to the most stupid question ever. :) –  rightføld Jan 26 '11 at 19:15

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