Yesterday I had a little over 1,500 reputation on SO. Today I have a little over 1,200. The reputation tab on my profile does not indicate any mass down voting of my questions or answers. I haven't received any comments or responses in the last day or so.

Is there any other way to find why 300 point would just go missing?

  • That would have to be one very bad answer/question to get that many downvotes. haha.
    – Troggy
    Aug 12, 2009 at 16:01
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    Hmm, I just manually added up all the upvotes on your profile to make a rough rep calculation. I came with about 1500 points.
    – mmyers
    Aug 12, 2009 at 16:06
  • My next theory is that ~30 upvotes are on questions/answers that have since turned to CW, and your rep has then been recalculated.
    – mmyers
    Aug 12, 2009 at 16:08
  • Holy cow! You just counted all my votes? I've never done that before. Aug 12, 2009 at 16:15
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    You only have 39 questions and 43 answers; it isn't that hard to do.
    – mmyers
    Aug 12, 2009 at 16:26

4 Answers 4


It's almost certainly going to be due to a "high value" question or answer being either deleted or (more likely) migrated to SuperUser, ServerFault or Meta.


Looking at your reputation graph, I don't see a recent drop (or a drop of any kind), so I suspect that you lost reputation due to a rep recalc. Downvotes, bounties, and (iirc) posts that were removed as "offensive" are present in the graph. Other things like association bonuses are not, but I still think that this is due to a recalc.

Since you lost a substantial amount of rep, can you identify a popular question or answer that's missing from your profile? Perhaps it's a highly-ranked answer whose questions has been migrated to another site?


You can click on the envelope beside your account name or look at the reputation graph in your profile.

However, this might have been due to a rep recalc, and you won't find it at all.

  • Guess this must be the case. As far as I can tell none of my questions or answers went up or down more than 1 or 2 votes in teh last few days. Aug 12, 2009 at 16:06

If you have a question or answer that got flagged as offensive, you would have lost 100 points. That post would also be deleted, so you wouldn't see it unless you have 10k+ rep points.

So You could have lost that many points if you had three posts flagged as offensive.

See here, for more details.

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    I thought you lost 100 points when something was removed as offensive...? runs to check FAQ Aug 12, 2009 at 16:24
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    According to the unofficial FAQ (which may be out of date) you lose 100 points: stackoverflow.com/questions/135685/… Aug 12, 2009 at 16:26
  • @Kyle Cronin: Yes, it's -100 for an offensive post. At least it was a couple of weeks ago when I last observed it happening.
    – mmyers
    Aug 12, 2009 at 16:27
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    Fixed the answer, and added a reference. Aug 12, 2009 at 16:53

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