According to https://meta.stackoverflow.com/reputation, I lost a lot of rep in the 10hrs this day is old in Greenwich:

** rep today: -102

According to the rep page, this is due to -100 to question 105897, which doesn't exist. Of course, https://meta.stackoverflow.com/users/133368/sbi?tab=reputation makes no mention of this.

So where did my rep go?

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    It looks like you were hit with a spam/offensive flag deletion which removes 100 reputation as well as deleting the post.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 12, 2011 at 8:59
  • Maybe this helps ...
    – takrl
    Sep 12, 2011 at 8:59
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    As ChrisF already mentioned, the -100 rep looks suspiciously like the effect of an offensive/spam flagged post that was removed. A spam/offensive flag also carries an automatic downvote, so a mod-superflag would result in -102 rep, as far as I understand the flag mechanism. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:06
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    Dropping the F bomb in a recent question you asked probably had a lot to do with it. Profanity turns almost any post into flypaper for flags.
    – Tim Post
    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:07
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    @Fabian: No, the -2 are explained by me downvoting two answers. It's the -100 I was after.
    – sbi
    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:59
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    Lemme just add this: Removing rep from a user - for whatever reason I don't want to go into in this comment - but not showing this on the user's rep timeline reeks. Badly.
    – sbi
    Sep 12, 2011 at 9:59
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    I also "lost" nearly 100 on question that got about 14 upvotes and was zapped by Jeff. So I'm totally with you on this matter.. Sep 12, 2011 at 11:46
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    @Shadow: Never mind the rep, but his reaction is complete nonsense. If Jeff objected (as hilarious as this is in itself) to the use of that word in a phrase that was not directed at anyone, he could have just edited the question and move one. There are certainly other ways to express what I said. (It just never occured to me to not to use the phrase that is, IME, most commonly used among the professionals who frequent this site). No, I think that question was deleted because Jeff he didn't didn't like what it said (rather than how), and those -100 were simply meant as a punishment.
    – sbi
    Sep 12, 2011 at 13:46
  • In your case, it's the community fault not Jeff. As far as I remember, it takes five spam flags to mark post as spam, delete it and remove 100 rep, all automatically. I doubt that Jeff triggered this manually, more likely 5 members flagged your question. Sep 12, 2011 at 17:17
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    @Shadow: As you see from the comments to Pekka's answer, not everyone reading the "offending" sentence it even noticed it. (It is a common thing to say, after all.) So I think it would take rather a lot of users to gain five flags. But that question didn't have much time for users to even look at it, let alone read down far enough down to find the "offense". I doubt many ever noticed it, and even less of them will have flagged. Of course, I have no way to check, but the above leads me to seriously doubt it had enough flags besides Jeff's.
    – sbi
    Sep 12, 2011 at 17:29

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Your question was spam or offensive flagged, probably because of the use of the f word.

(Not that I would regard that flag-worthy in that specific context - "...we f-ed up on this small detail...". Just stating the facts.)

  • @Lightness: The waking world does not have policies about what can be said between two people, except in the case of things like criminal harassment. When I speak to another person, I choose what I say.
    – DeadMG
    Feb 16, 2013 at 22:01
  • @DeadMG: This is a website with policies and rules like any society. Again, I'm not saying that I do or do not agree with that policy that is in place. I have no intention of arguing over the content of the policy, nor on whether or not it could be or should be enforced either way! Also note that I would not have flagged the post. I myself certainly enjoy some colourful language, as you know. But if one suggests that they are incapable of selecting their words for any given situation, because of their upbringing, then that just seems weird to me. That's all Shrug. Feb 16, 2013 at 22:06

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