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Yesterday I had 291 votes in total (261 up + 30 down, something like that). When I visited my Stack Overflow page today, I had only 253:

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What the heck is going on here?

If my votes don't come back, I will kill myself.

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Before killing yourself, please think about voting some more, so you can get the counter back to 291 (or even higher). – Toon Krijthe Apr 4 '11 at 11:47
+1 for the picture. – Justin Morgan Apr 4 '11 at 13:58

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Looks like, you upvoted the same person continuously more than 5 or 6 times, that probably hit vote fraud mechanisms, and probably all the votes to that person got cleared retroactively.

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You meant "upvoted the same Person" ;) – Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 8:30

Probably questions/answers that got deleted - when this happens, all votes on them "disappear".

As far as I know, there is a weekly job that clean the place up and delete questions with negative votes that have no answer, maybe even with zero votes.

So as yesterday new week started, I guess that job kicked into action.

Now you say "but I upvoted" - good point, do you have habit of "pity voting" questions with -1 to bring them back to 0? If not I'm also at a loss here.

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If that is true, I shouldn't have any downvotes on my SO profile. – YOU Apr 4 '11 at 8:22
Impossible, they are Jon Skeet answers. They can't deleted. They only disappear for a while :) – Soner Gönül Apr 4 '11 at 8:22
@YOU you have only 1 – Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 8:24
@Shadow, yeah, that 1 is on deleted post, and that shouldn't be exist. – YOU Apr 4 '11 at 8:24
@Soner you say you upvote only Jon Skeet? That's not good, the system might think you're his sockpuppet and remove your votes. – Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 8:25
@YOU when it was deleted? Maybe that display takes some time to refresh? – Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 8:26
Imm, I did around 2 weeks when I first Joined, and I am not doing downvoting around 1 year I think. :-) – YOU Apr 4 '11 at 8:27
@YOU do you have link to the question you downvoted? Sure it got deleted, not closed? – Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 8:28
@Shadow, nope, I was looking for that actually. One thing I am sure is that -1 is not in my /reputation page, so it is on deleted one most likely. – YOU Apr 4 '11 at 8:30

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