I'm looking at this brand new mod, Stephane Martin, who answered one of my own questions, earning +45 rep in the process. So I expect him to be at 146 rep. But he is now at 143 rep. No downvotes or other rep changes. Looking at his rep graph, his rep stays at 146. It seems like he could have downvoted 3 answers, but his graph should respond by slightly going down to 143.

143 reputation

The line on the graph is straight and stays at 146. So my question is, where is his missing 3 rep?

Before Oded goes , here's the image proving that the top says 146 not 143:


  • It's probably caching. – ChrisF Apr 5 '15 at 15:58
  • I don't see that. I see 143 in the top of the graph. i.stack.imgur.com/U2AKk.png – Oded Apr 5 '15 at 16:00
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    @Oded - if you hover over the right hand end of the graph the tooltip does, in fact, say 146. – ChrisF Apr 5 '15 at 16:01
  • @ChrisF - no repro. At the right most the tooltip says 143 for me. You may be hitting a different server where the caching is different. – Oded Apr 5 '15 at 16:04
  • @Oded, your graph is different then the one ChrisF and I are seeing perhaps. – Anthony Pham Apr 5 '15 at 16:05
  • I can see what you guys are seeing when looking as an anonymous user. – Oded Apr 5 '15 at 16:06
  • @Oded of course you do :D did you forget you have a diamond? :) – nicael Apr 5 '15 at 16:37
  • Oded is too proud too notice. :-0 All he does is retag every feature-request and bug – Anthony Pham Apr 5 '15 at 16:37
  • And, just btw, Stéphane is not a brand new mod :) – nicael Apr 5 '15 at 16:45
  • He's using google chrome. One could easily fake that with dev tools. – warspyking Apr 5 '15 at 16:55
  • Who's he here?? – Anthony Pham Apr 5 '15 at 16:56
  • @warspyking ??? – nicael Apr 5 '15 at 17:58
  • @nicael I'm not accusing anyone of anything, I'm just saying how easy it would be for OP to fake the "repro". – warspyking Apr 6 '15 at 1:18
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    @warspyking That'd be relatively pointless and easily disprovable. No need to insinuate that someone's faking a bug report. – Adam Lear Apr 6 '15 at 3:30
  • @PythonMaster Stéphane works for SE. He's one of our designers. – Adam Lear Apr 6 '15 at 3:32

That's because if the graph would say 143, it would have to show where those 3 reps have gone, but it doesn't because the downvotes are private and can be seen only by moderators and the owner of that profile.

Oded is an employee, he has a diamond, so he can see where the downvotes have affected the rep of Stéphane Martin. The screenshot he posted:

You see those "falls" of rep in March? These are private downvotes. You can't see them:

Not only this new graph behaves this way to hide the downvotes, this is also the default old behaviour of the rep tab:

  • That works for me! I'll upvote tomorrow... I'm out of votes – Anthony Pham Apr 5 '15 at 16:35
  • @Python lol "works for me" :) – nicael Apr 5 '15 at 16:36
  • Interesting. If this is the case then the new design is going to let mods see more than they can now. – ChrisF Apr 5 '15 at 17:22
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    @ChrisF I think only devs can see downvotes, so don't build your hopes too high. :-) – Shadow9 Apr 5 '15 at 18:26
  • @Chris wait, mods really can't see downvotes? – nicael Apr 5 '15 at 18:49
  • @ShadowWizard - I wasn't getting my hope up. If anything I was pointing out a potential flaw in the new design. – ChrisF Apr 5 '15 at 19:30
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    @nicael - we really can't. How many times have we told people this? The only thing we can see is voting trends. – ChrisF Apr 5 '15 at 19:33

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