I'm well versed with the Stack Exchange voting system, but I don't understand why this downvote, which had a record of -2 earlier today now has not rep count. I've had a browse on Meta and cannot find the answer to this. For a link to see this live.

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It also showed up with a total of 3 rep (the first upvote and the down vote). enter image description here

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    Hmm, I wonder if it won't take your rep because you are currently at 1...
    – Bart
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:05
  • @Bart it had it there earlier, it disappeared, and I thought maybe the user had been removed??
    – user310756
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:06
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    @Bart: I see -2s on another temp-suspended account. And from the votes on days previous this account would be well above 1 if it wasn't temp-suspended. Oct 30, 2013 at 11:08
  • @MartijnPieters this is not usual is it?? it's the sort of thing that happens when you go over the 200 limit
    – user310756
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:09
  • @Skippy: There can be other reasons, I just haven't found the reason for this instance yet. Downvotes still count when you go over the rep cap, later upvotes then compensate for it. Oct 30, 2013 at 11:10
  • @MartijnPieters I was meaning if you have a net daily rep gain of ay 300 and then get a downvote, it will appear like the upvotes, with no rep change? I have been complaining about being downvoted and one of the CMs was looking into it.. But the other downvotes don't seem to have changed?? O.O So I dunno.. Just giving you the background.. Tim Post may know not sure
    – user310756
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:12
  • Hmm, okay @MartijnPieters. Weirdness then. I'll give the wheel a spin.
    – Bart
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:14
  • @Skippy: No, downvotes will show as -2 unless the post is a Community Wiki post even when you have hit the reputation cap. I see no evidence that that is the case here. Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16
  • @Bart maybe it's the universe, the post didn't deserve a downvote ;)
    – user310756
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:17
  • Can you try and visit pets.stackexchange.com/reputation and click on the 'trigger reputation recalc' button at the bottom? Oct 30, 2013 at 11:17
  • @MartijnPieters done pets.stackexchange.com/reputation?recalc=true
    – user310756
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:18
  • @Skippy: No change, so this was caused by something else. It's up to the developers now, I fear. Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20
  • @MartijnPieters can you pls explaing the numbers in the column for the rep calc..there may be a post on it?
    – user310756
    Oct 30, 2013 at 11:23
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    Cache. The magic word. My assumption is that your reputation was cached with the value before suspension when you first saw the page, hence you saw the +2. Then at some point something cleared the cache on the server, it realized you actually had 1 rep in the beginning of the day and the display corrected itself. I doubt a dev will bother looking into it deep enough to solve the mystery, so assumptions are all we got. :) Oct 30, 2013 at 13:36

1 Answer 1


There is a rep record, it's just not reflected in your summary because of the current status of your account. When that status changes, all votes that you've received will be recalculated and your reputation normalized again.

Remember, rep can't go below 1 (ever), and while an account is suspended, it can't go over 1. I do realize that the display is inconsistent, but the cause of it is the temporary status of the account, so it's unlikely to be corrected.

You can audit your reputation easily by visiting {site}.stackexchange.com/reputation while logged in, which gives you a full accounting of the votes in the system that constitute your reputation score. It can take a little while to get used to the nomenclature in that display, but I think you'll find it easier to parse once you have.


This does appear to be caching, but .. strange. I've seen posts not reflected, or scores not reflected, but never a post with a vote type without a score. Looking into it.

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    But Mr Post, it was there as -2 and then vanished... is my account part of the bermuda triangle, the victim of an Stack Exchange poltergeist, and shouldn't such an urgent and vital issue for the internet be addressed rigorously?? ;)
    – user310756
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:25
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    @Skippy there are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing. (I am looking into it, but as it's an artifact of the account status, it's very likely going to be a status-wontfix since it applies to a very narrow group of people).
    – user50049
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:27
  • I'm accepting this as answer, even though it does not satisfy my quest for enlightenment, as it is always good to learn to accept life in this case Stack Exchange on life's terms :)) I hope people appreciate my humour- it's all tongue in cheek
    – user310756
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:28
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    @Skippy The metas ... they've .... assimilated you! Ponies! Ponies! Ponies!
    – user50049
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:29
  • I need a cigarette and another coffee with my new coffee machine.. I'm failing to understand basic java principles and am frightened of overloading Software Engineering, Code Review and Stack Overflow with my questions
    – user310756
    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:29
  • Have a look at my answer... isn't this truly Amazing? seriously could I get any more boring? lol
    – user310756
    Nov 1, 2013 at 16:24
  • BUT you must remember it had the -2 and then it vanished!! and I have a terrible karmic debt, so pls don't discount poltergeists
    – user310756
    Nov 1, 2013 at 16:37

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