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How do I read the history of my reputation?

One of my answers yesterday got an upvote, which just made me pleased as punch on a hot summer day. However, when I went to go check my reputation to make sure my e-cred was increasing appropriately for maximum internet braggery, I came upon a startling discovery as shown here:

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What's going on here and how can I prevent further reputation black holes?

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    You seem to have gotten the daily-reputation-limit tag on the question, so you are aware of it. So what is so surprising? – animuson ModStaff Jul 19 '12 at 6:21
  • Well, I suspected it might have something to do with that; however, I've had over 325 reputation in a single day before. Also, it seemed like I was getting positive upvotes after the blank one. So, it wasn't making sense to me. – Conner Jul 19 '12 at 6:24
  • The limit only applies to votes and edits. Reputation you gain from acceptances and bounties doesn't count towards the limit. – animuson ModStaff Jul 19 '12 at 6:25
  • you can visit my answer – Lucifer Jul 19 '12 at 6:26
  • I still don't understand why I was getting positive upvotes (that weren't acceptances or bounties) after the blank one. – Conner Jul 19 '12 at 6:29
  • The weird thing is that accept gives 0 rep in the screenshot (while it should give +15 according to the rule). – nhahtdh Jul 19 '12 at 6:31
  • Nah, that's because I accepted my own answer. – Conner Jul 19 '12 at 6:32

I see where you're confused. You have reputation sorted by time, which means each of those posts is sorted by the last event that occurred on them, even if that event didn't actually add or subtract anything. If you sort by post instead, you'll see that each of those posts above it had an additional no-rep-gain event:

Compared to original screenshot

  • Okay, thanks for the clarification. It's a little discouraging to a get a down vote for my first question on something that's not readily apparent though. – Conner Jul 19 '12 at 6:33
  • Also, why does the total show 326 in this screenshot? – Conner Jul 19 '12 at 6:35
  • Have you downvoted something? That would not show up in my public view of your history; only in yours. – animuson ModStaff Jul 19 '12 at 6:36
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    +1 for freehand circles – Deco Jul 19 '12 at 7:04

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