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I have noticed that I will lose reputation points amounting to 2, if I wait too long to accept an answer.

What is the maximum time I can wait before accepting an answer, but without losing any reputation?

The SO question in question

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You gain 2 points when you accept an answer, not lose them. There's no time limit on accepting an answer far as I know. – Adam Lear May 29 '11 at 21:31
I think someone might have voted down your question, and you misunderstood that. – afaf12 May 29 '11 at 21:38
@awerti: I thought someone voting down my question costs me a rep of 5. Anyway, I have just gone through my SO reputation-by-post and found that it was this question [5013226], which I asked on Feb16 and Accepted on Mar6, that I have noticed (on the day of acceptance) the reduction by 2 points. As you have said, someone must have voted down this or one of the other questions. I have provided the link to the question in question, in my edit. Thanks a lot. – Nanda May 29 '11 at 21:51
@awerti There is no downvotes on that questions.. If you have enough reputation.. click on the question's vote count.. Its 0/0 – Mohit Jain May 29 '11 at 22:31
@Mohit: I would still need a lot of reputation to be able to do that. I am at 117 now and Viewing vote counts needs 1000 reputation. Thanks. – Nanda May 29 '11 at 22:37
@steeluser Thats what i am telling u.. there is no downvotes.. I have enough reputation and thats y telling u.. – Mohit Jain Jun 10 '11 at 11:10
up vote 11 down vote accepted

What? That's not how it works. You can wait as long as you want without losing rep. When you do accept an answer, you gain +2 rep (but not if you accept your own answer).

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