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As summarised succintly in David Thomas' comment:

Is there a chance of putting a notification bar in place to warn people when this happens? If nothing else it reduces confusion, and a spate of meta questions. Plus, and I may be biased, I'd find that infinitely more interesting than being told about a new badge, or whatever...

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or a message in the users inbox or recent activity page - I don't mind my reputation changing, but this would reduce the "I lost ?? reputation without reason" questions. –  Carlos Heuberger Feb 27 '11 at 20:35
    
+1 after receiving dozens of upvotes from confused users on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/80862/… –  larsmans Feb 28 '11 at 6:08
    
Also, could the thread become a sticky on Meta? –  SamGoody Feb 28 '11 at 9:23
    
Would be also nice to explain where is the difference coming from. –  Grzenio Mar 2 '11 at 13:58
    
...dammit, I totally wish I'd posted this as a feature-request, now... =/ –  David Thomas Mar 15 '11 at 1:50

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In the rare cases that we do global style recalcs, you can expect a notification banner here on meta, placed manually.

Beyond that, I don't think we'll be doing anything else with this.

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I think this feature has been implemented.

The last time there was a recalc, a notification was placed on top of every page at Meta Stack Overflow

saying something like "Lost some reputation points? A system wide reputation recalculation has occured"

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Well no, that message was put there after Meta was flooded with 'Mah precious rep iz gone, wat to do' questions. It's not automated and there's no guarantee that the team will do this the next time it happens –  Yi Jiang Mar 5 '11 at 10:30
    
@Yi If it gets automated then the problem might be solved –  Alpine Mar 5 '11 at 10:47

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