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Why does reputation have a lower bound of 1?

When someone signup SO, he only hava 1 reputation. then he posted a question ot answer, but unfortunately, he earned a down vote. according to the "Users lose reputation" in How does reputation work, his reputation will become -1.

the one needs at least 1 reputation to post a question or answer, so it seems he can do nothing in SO. Is it that?

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marked as duplicate by waiwai933, YOU, Michael Mrozek, alex, Pops Apr 22 '11 at 13:53

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Reputation doesn't go below 1:

The StackOverflow team believes that everybody's special in their own way and doesn't deserve to have a negative self-esteem (aka reputation).

— Jeff Atwood

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that's will prevent zombie accounts appear. – Roy1 Apr 22 '11 at 2:47
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Wait, my rep == my self esteem? AWESOME! – Michael Petrotta Apr 22 '11 at 2:48
    
rep has nothing to do with self esteem, I think. – Roy1 Apr 22 '11 at 3:12
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@Roy Really? Then why do I only feel good inside when I get upvotes? – Michael Mrozek Apr 22 '11 at 4:45

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