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An off topic question appeared on the Linguistics site. The right proposal is still in the "follow it" phase so I can't migrate it yet.

I was closing it, but I thought that the off topic close reason brings a -2 to the OP. Considering the question was not bad per se, but just off topic, I (temporarily) reopened it.

The reputation got restored, so my question is:

If I close the question now and reopen it when I can migrate it to its right proposal, will he recover the reputation regardless of the amount of time the question stayed closed?

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  • the Off topic close reason brings a -2 to the OP Is that a real thing? Does it happen all across the network? Or only betas? – yannis Jan 19 '12 at 13:00
  • @ZaphodBeeblebrox - as far as I know it's network wide. – ChrisF Jan 19 '12 at 13:09
  • Yes, me too, I think I saw it happening on English Language & Usage too. – Alenanno Jan 19 '12 at 13:13
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    @ZaphodBeeblebrox This request is marked as [status-complete], so I think it is network wide as ChrisF said. – Josh Darnell Jan 19 '12 at 13:13
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    @jadarnel27 Thanks for posting that. :) – Alenanno Jan 19 '12 at 13:16
  • Alenanno and @Zaphod - you can see all the changes here in nice neat list. As for the question, note that it says Off Topic (excluding questions that get migrated elsewhere) :) – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Jan 19 '12 at 13:20
  • Thanks @ShaDowWizArd (and everyone else). Changelog bookmarked... – yannis Jan 19 '12 at 13:23
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If I close the question now and reopen it when I can migrate it to its right proposal, will he recover the reputation regardless of the amount of time the question stayed closed?

The auto downvote that happens when you close a question as off-topic gets cleared, the ones put in by the users remains as it is. That said, migration clears the downvotes on the question & the question gets deleted, so yes ultimately the OP regains the reputation back.

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  • Thank you! I'll close it for now and migrate it later. :) – Alenanno Jan 19 '12 at 14:55

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