When I get an upvote, I get a green bubble:

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These can merge to show total rep across all the sites:

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That shows that I got + 40 and -1 (I downvoted).

This however, doesn't exist:

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You don't get bubbles for - rep.

What this means is, if I offer a bounty for 50 (e.g. here) and then get 2 upvotes (I did) I don't see the bubble. It would have to display this:

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That's the bounty (-) and upvotes (+). It can't show this.

At the end of it all, because it isn't showing me - rep, I don't see that I have any rep gains here because they cancel out.

Just to be clear, it is only when the bounty and upvotes are on the same question that I don't see upvotes... For example, just here I got the +5 notification for this question being upvoted


Upvotes and downvotes etc still cancel out, and it is only displayed if the over all is +ve, but bounties are not included in this measure. Either it would show the -40 or it would just show +10 and completely forget showing the bounty.

  • Hmm @Giles but I believe it is a bit different - I'm getting these +5 notifications for all posts except the bounty one, not none for all my posts I believe. I may be mistaken... Also, rather than a bug it is feature-request and I have a solution to the reason the other one is status-bydesign...
    – Tim
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 17:15