This is the thread, and it has/had 0 answers at the time of asking this question. But when I went through OP's reputation change I found this

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The line I am concerned about is this

 -1        6 mins ago  downvote

. I am more familiar with Stack Overflow, than Meta. Is Meta's reputation system different? For stackoverflow you can lose -1 reputation only if you down vote an answer. But how can OP lose -1 reputation on an unanswered question?


It's because of the order of events. The OP only lost 1 reputation from that down vote, because at the time it was cast, he only had two reputation total.

He started with 1 rep. Got a +5, two -2's, and then the -1. The other upvotes followed. I'm not certain whether a rep recalc will correct this automatically, but I'm also not sure it really matters.

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    Oh.. Ok then one can't have negative or 0 rep..Good.. hadn't thought of that.. – Krishnabhadra Dec 28 '12 at 5:53
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    @Krishnabhadra Correct; the system has a floor of 1. The hole can only be dug so deep. – LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 28 '12 at 5:54
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    No idea why this question got down voted though – Krishnabhadra Dec 28 '12 at 5:57

It appears the user hit the bottom limit for reputation which is 1. You can't have negative rep so the order of events does matter.


This is because when that user got that downvote he/she had only 2 reputation at that time. And reputation has lower bound of 1

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