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I think I may have found a bug/oversight when deleting questions and adjusting reputation. I recently answered a question when I was near the reputation cap for the day. As a result I only received 30 rep plus 15 for being the accepted answer.

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However, when the question was deleted a week or so later, I lost 185 rep. 170 for the 17 upvotes, 15 for the accepted answer.

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The problem here is obvious, reputation was removed that was never received. I'm assuming that the reputation cap was not considered when developing this functionality.

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    I think that's [status-bydesign]
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 16:53
  • Did you get additional reputation for that on other days?
    – sth
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 16:55
  • @sth I did not. All of the rep for that question occurred in one day.
    – John Conde
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 16:56
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    Did you actually lose 185 rep or is it possible this is just a display bug on the reputation tab?
    – mmyers
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 17:37
  • I updated the second image to show my rep calc for the day. It appears as though the rep is actually lost.
    – John Conde
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 17:41

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I'm looking at your account history:

May 22 moderator recalcs rep Scheduled: old rep = 18013, new rep = 17968 by Community

In other words, your reputation was adjusted by 45 points only (which matches the reputation you got from the upvotes/acceptance on your answer) and this is just a display bug when a post is removed.

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This occurred me several times as well. Just open https://stackoverflow.com/reputation, scroll to the very bottom and press the recalc button.


Update: I understood that you actually lost that much reputation. The recalc should set the reputation score right, not the information in the reputation page --which is in turn indeed a bug. If the recalc didn't change your reputation score, then you actually didn't lost that much reputation at all. It's just misinformation in the reputation page.

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    I just ran it and nothing seems to have changed.
    – John Conde
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 17:16
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    The whole reputation skew thing is supposed to be pretty much gone now though, right? Since the "Recent reputation history changes" was rolled out, you're not supposed to have to do recalcs (as they're done automatically in the background within 5 minutes of any reputation event - including deletions). Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 17:18
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    @John: The recalc should set the reputation score right, not the information in the reputation page. I understood that you actually lost that much rep. If the recalc didn't change your reputation score, then you actually didn't lost that much reputation.
    – user138231
    Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 17:35

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