This question was downvoted, and the downvote removed, and the user now has 3 rep, even though there are no reputation generating events on the user's page.

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    Sweeeeet. 30 free rep for new users. Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 13:18
  • @Ian: Only 2. ----------------- Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 13:20
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    ...unless you could find fifteen people to downvote, and then restore... Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 13:22
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    At first I thought it was the users own votes that were removed until I realized he can't down vote. So technically you may be able to get 200 rep if people cast 100 down votes against you (lol) and then remove them. Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 13:29
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    They would have to remove them all at the same time though. Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 14:07
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    So 'status-bydesign' in this case is equivalent to 'status-toolazytofix', right? Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 14:10
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    @Brad, I don't think so... They just have to place the original down vote while the user has 1 rep. You're always given 2 rep when vote against you is removed, but down votes don't remove rep if you only have 1. Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 14:39
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    @Brad, as proof, I just gave the user 7 rep. Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 14:41
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    So if you really want to welcome a 1-rep user, downvote his question, then remove the downvote (rep 3), then upvote (13). Your "power" to increase his rep has increased from 10 points to 12. Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 15:45
  • Apparently, "toolazytofix" and "by design" was not true: it was fixed, and the reverse is now true, your reps are not restored: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/29088/…
    – Abel
    Commented Nov 9, 2009 at 12:37
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    Just tested, and it is still the case that rep can be granted by downvoting and removing the downvote Commented Nov 9, 2009 at 15:36
  • @Abel, the question referenced in your comment above is probably based on community wiki behaviour. It does not seem to refer to any fix.
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 12, 2010 at 8:51

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This is no longer the case. Casting a downvote now records the actual value (0 change in this case) and reverses that 0 value upon removing it...the user will correctly stay at 1 reputation.


It's "as designed" because the FAQ says:

  1. "A down vote on your Question or Answer is removed: +2".
  2. "A user's reputation may not drop below 1".

I'm guessing a reputation recalc will fix this "by design" anomaly.

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    a reputation recalc processes all things in order, so a user can receive 10 downvotes and a single upvote and still have a score of 6 - if the upvote was the last thing to happen. Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 14:47

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