Today I gave a bounty of 500 rep to this question.

This results of course in a negative score for today.

Since then I don't get any more notifications for new rep in the new top-bar on meta.

rep history

Only after resetting the rep indicator by clicking on it I get new notifications.

  • I have noticed interesting behavior surrounding negative rep as well.
    – Travis J
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:49
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    Yeah, it's showing net change since you last clicked it and programmed to never show negative number. Try clicking it now and it should show new rep gaining. :) Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:52
  • I clicked there. Now I wait for someone to upvote me :)
    – juergen d
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:55
  • @ShaWizDowArd: Yep. Now I get notifications again.
    – juergen d
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 16:03
  • @juergend so I fear status-bydesign is due here. The team doesn't want to show negative numbers in there. Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 16:10
  • Yeah. I don't find that intiutive. I don't click on that indicator if no new rep shows up.
    – juergen d
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 16:14
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    Another good reason to show the negative rep. It would just always show all activity. This would be so much more meaningful.. Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 16:58
  • Worth to mention broken unicorn syndrome - unless something changed during the last year I don't think they will change the current behavior. @ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd FYI as well. Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 7:45
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    I made a proposal to work around this problem: Ignore the rep change caused by bounties in the achievements reputation indicator
    – Ben Lee
    Commented Nov 30, 2013 at 13:42

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I'm wondering why this is status by design?

I know we don't get notified on negative rep etc, but we do get notified on positive rep.
Why would our losing a load of rep on a bounty (or anything) affect the positive rep notifications coming through after that?

Positive rep following loss from placing a bounty is positive rep. The loss from the bounty changes one's total rep, and any rep earned from there on in is positive and surely should be notified of?

This is precisely when users will want to know they are getting more rep in so they can see they're getting their bounty back.

(just saying, like...)

  • The thing is the achievements box has its own internal "reputation counter". When you click the icon (or hover it while other box is open) the counter will reset to 0. When the counter is >0 you'll see it, otherwise it won't show. You will indeed see it decreasing e.g. when getting downvotes. Asking to make it show negative number (better with different color, likely red) makes some sense, feel free to start such feature request. :) Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 0:08

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