I find it strange, and maybe someone can explain this to me.

Yesterday I had a reputation score of 3992. Today my reputation score is 3302.

I see no indication why this would have happened when I look at my reputation page.

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    There's a "show removed posts" checkbox at the bottom of the reputation page, make sure you have that one checked Aug 8, 2012 at 8:23
  • The posts which you've answered/edited would have been removed. Click show removed posts to see them Aug 8, 2012 at 8:25
  • I can not see any clue there as well why my points are missing... Aug 8, 2012 at 8:59
  • You need to read about reputation recalc Aug 8, 2012 at 9:13
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    @OzairKafray The reputation recalc is not needed anymore, the reputation should now be reasonably current at all times. Aug 8, 2012 at 9:57
  • Reputation recalc does not show anything that explains what happened. Aug 8, 2012 at 11:19

2 Answers 2


There are four big cases where you can lose a lot of reputation at once:

  • One of your posts was deleted, this will remove the reputation you gained for that post unless it was a significantly upvoted post on an old question that was only recently deleted. This leaves an entry in your reputation history

  • A user was deleted and all his votes were removed. This would usually affect a lot of users at once, and it also leaves an entry in your reputation history.

  • There were anomalous votes from another user towards your account and they were invalidated. You should have heard from a moderator about that if it happened, and it also leaves an entry in your history.

  • Your account was merged with another account that had voted a lot for you. This removes all the votes between the two merged users, and it is the only case I know that doesn't leave an entry in your reputation history. You should have heard about this from a moderator as well, and would likely be suspended for sock-puppeting.

The only other explanation I can think of is some kind of bug in the reputation code.

  • I haven't done anything wrong what I know of, and I haven't heard from a moderator, so I guess there must be a user that was deleted. Thanks for your help. Kind of sucks losing 700 points though. Aug 8, 2012 at 12:05
  • @Patrik I doubt that, a deleted user would have left an entry in your reputation history. Aug 8, 2012 at 12:06
  • Hmmm. OK. Really weird. Is there any way of getting someone to look at this? Aug 8, 2012 at 12:09
  • Just wait for a while and likely someone from SE will see this post (most of them are just waking up now). Aug 8, 2012 at 12:13
  • @Patrik - I took a look at your reputation history and I don't see the drop you're reporting. On July 11, your reputation was 3247 and it was 3267 on July 21. At no point do I see it hitting anything above the 3307 you're sitting at right now. There are no merged users, deleted users, or recent deleted questions that I see, so unless there's a bug in the system somewhere, you never had the 3992 points to begin with. Aug 8, 2012 at 15:43
  • @BradLarson: I cannot see it either, but I sure had. I was thrilled about reaching 4000 points. I had my browser opened at work, and when I refreshed the page when i arrived this morning, the points dropped. Aug 8, 2012 at 16:07
  • @Patrik - I think you might have misread your reputation score yesterday. You had 3292 points yesterday according to the history I see, not 3992. Aug 8, 2012 at 16:21
  • If it helps, @Patrik, I've misread my reputation numerous times.
    – Aarthi
    Aug 8, 2012 at 16:27

This is possible because of deleted posts.

Go to your profile. And check the "show removed posts" checkbox. You now see the effects of deleted posts.

  • I can't see any clue here to why the points are missing. Reputation recalc doesn't show anything usefull either. Aug 8, 2012 at 11:20

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