On the Reputation & Privileges Help page, the section about losing reputation is incorrect.

You lose reputation when: :

1. question is voted down: −2 (-1 to voter)
2. you place a bounty on a question: −full bounty amount
3. one of your posts receives 6 spam or offensive flags:−100

First, there is a double : after "You lose reputation when".

Second, when a question is voted down, the question asker loses 2 points, but the voter does not lose any points. Voters only lose a point when downvoting an answer, while the person who posted the answer loses 2 points.

All-in-all, I believe this Help page could be more helpful, however I did not see a way for the community to suggest edits. This answer on another meta question seems very detailed and should be considered a replacement to the content of this help page.

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    It's nice to see that people are actually reading the thing now.
    – user102937
    Jun 5, 2013 at 15:34

1 Answer 1


It's fixed now. Thanks for noticing.

You can suggest edits by emailing the community team.

  • How about #3? See below.
    – Undo
    Jun 5, 2013 at 15:44
  • I think it should be clarified that when downvoting an answer, you also lose 1 reputation point. Jun 5, 2013 at 15:46
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    @MichaelIrigoyen Done.
    – Laura
    Jun 5, 2013 at 15:52

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