I'm new to Stack Overflow and just received new privileges this morning.

Now I received three new notifications about additional privileges that I received, even though I don't think I've reached the reputation points level for them. At the moment I have 13 reputation points, and I recieved notifications for the following privileges:

  • Vote up
  • Flag Posts
  • Talk in chat

I tried voting up and it doesn't work (since I don't have the reputation points for it). What's going on?

  • 1
    If you have the privilege,then you should be able to do it. You must have got this privilege after gaining 15 rep. But you might have lost 2 reputation for a downvote Oct 10, 2012 at 10:58
  • @BhuvanRikka: You loose privileges when your reputation points drop below the required level. Oct 10, 2012 at 11:04
  • @MartijnPieters Ya.. I forgot to edit my first line Oct 10, 2012 at 11:09
  • @BhuvanRikka: Also, there is no evidence on the OPs reputation history anything was downvoted. Oct 10, 2012 at 11:10
  • @MartijnPieters I didn't see it. I thought that would be the only case,because i don't think new users can edit posts and gain 2 rep from it. Oct 10, 2012 at 11:15
  • @BhuvanRikka: He lost at least 7 points (Talk in chat requires 20 reputation points). As for suggesting edits, even anonymous visitors can suggest edits, there is no minimum rep for that functionality. Oct 10, 2012 at 11:17
  • @MartijnPieters Your answer makes sense.. I didn't think that way:) . There is a chance of someone upvoting his post and again reversing it Oct 10, 2012 at 11:18
  • @MartijnPieters Okay TFYI :) Oct 10, 2012 at 11:20

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You most likely received some points that were retracted again. You briefly did receive the required reputation points, then lost them again. This can happen when someone upvotes one of your posts, then retracts that vote within the grace period. The 10 points for an answer vote would have been sufficient to see the behaviour you described.

Another possibility is that another post of yours was deleted after you received enough points to cross the 20 point line (the talk in chat permission), and you dropped back down to 13 points. You can see if any posts were deleted by checking the show removed posts checkbox on your reputation tab.

Either way, this is ; privileges are tied tightly to your reputation points. If you drop below the required level, you lose them again.

  • That makes sense. Thanks!
    – Gidil
    Oct 10, 2012 at 11:00

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