Poking around the site I found this link from the accepted answer to this post : The global reputation recalc of March 2010.

After looking at the pretty numbers and feeling curious, I pressed the Trigger Reputation Recalc button :

I lost 301 reputation as shown in the diagrams below -


I remembered that a post of mine had been deleted and that I once heard (from the highest authority) that a sharp decrease in reputation can be caused by post deletion.

Would the rep-recalc algorithms only catch this deletion 4 days later and only after I initiated it?

Slightly related


On the brighter side of life - a re-calc on Stack Overflow gave me an extra 8rep :P There is justice in the world ;)

  • Rep recalcs are not performed automatically. It happened when you initiated it. Deletions do not immediately result in a reduction of rep, only once a recalc is performed. Recalculations do not take into account deleted content/votes.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 22:53
  • @AdamDavis Rep recalcs actually do happen, but it isn't as often. Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 22:54
  • So even the votes on the deleted post wouldn't get "taken off"? I hardly believe that I had 300reps taken away from serial upvoting :/
    – Lix
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 22:56
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    @SimonSheehan I'd like to hear more about that. I know mods can initiate them, and they occur in cases of voting abuse, sockpuppets, and account merges. I haven't heard that the system performs them at other times, or on a regular basis of any sort, though.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 22:57
  • @Lix The votes on the deleted post are effectively removed when the recalc occurs. You had 23 upvotes and 2 downvotes, so when the post was deleted and you ran a recalc you lost 226 rep from that one post. You lost the other rep from other deleted posts, most likely.
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 22:59
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    You are mistaken about who is the highest authority on SO... =)
    – casperOne
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 17:09
  • @casperOne - Just trying to be a little more meta ;)
    – Lix
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 17:12

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This is correct.

Some of your answer(s) were deleted and you lost about 30 upvotes. Reputation from deleted posts remain until your recalculate it or until global recalculation is being performed (last one was a long ago)

  • I see... Boo-hoo it is then :P Perhaps the free-hand red circle will help me start climbing back up...
    – Lix
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 23:00
  • @Lix - Bug reports are deleted when the bug is fixed - sometimes even before it's fixed. Do you remember questions you answered or have bookmarked any? Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 9:34
  • @ShaDowWizArd - I didn't get any reputation from posing or answering any bug reports.
    – Lix
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 10:00
  • @Lix it's related because I lost rep due to bug reports I posted, they got upvoted then deleted. :-/ Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 10:02
  • @ShaDowWizArd - Ohhh! I see. No - the only post that was deleted had substantial upvotes and was dealing with a proposition for Jeff to disperse his rep to us after he leaves :P It was just randomly deleted ;)
    – Lix
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 10:06
  • @Lix too bad then! Well, you got +45 so far - 255 to go. :-) (The single rep was probably not related) Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 11:05
  • @Sha Dow sorry, but from when are bug reports being deleted? That's new for me
    – Martin.
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 11:26
  • @Martin not all, but I do remember one major bug about missing avatars where ALL bug reports have been deleted instantly, including the first report. There is no written policy though. Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 11:52

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