I hit the repcap on Science Fiction & Fantasy on the 20th, so I should only have earned 165 rep. (Does that not make sense? I had an accepted answer, so that's an extra 15 that doesn't count. And I started a bounty for 50, so that's 165.)

Here it says I got 167:

And here you can see a random +2 in the middle from a specific question that I asked then (maybe someone will add a FHRC):

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And my /reputation page doesn't believe it happened:

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(^When I took this screenshot, on SFF it said I have 5902 rep.)

How did I get this +2?

  • Did you downvote 2 answers (-1 point each)? Have you had an edit approved (+2 points).
    – Richard
    Dec 21, 2016 at 11:13
  • @Valorum no, to both
    – Mithical
    Dec 21, 2016 at 12:41
  • If I had to guess, it's probably somethin to do with DVK removing his upvote; scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/147924/…
    – Richard
    Dec 21, 2016 at 13:00
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    Possibly you had a down vote (-2) that was immediately reversed.
    – Richard
    Dec 21, 2016 at 13:00
  • If you check the box labelled "show removed posts" at the bottom of your reputation page, you should be able to see if any removed votes/posts are the culprit Dec 21, 2016 at 14:03
  • Did you delete a post which had been downvoted? Dec 21, 2016 at 14:33
  • @Randal'Thor Don't think so, maybe an bot did? Although I didn't think that I had any left.
    – Mithical
    Dec 21, 2016 at 14:57
  • I just checked and none of your deleted SFF posts were deleted in the last month. Dec 21, 2016 at 15:30
  • @Valorum - a valid guess but incorrect. I intended to unupvote but ended up being distracted and never did
    – DVK
    Dec 21, 2016 at 15:46
  • Hmm. My latest guess is that a user was removed during the same day and that a downvote got cancelled.
    – Richard
    Dec 21, 2016 at 15:58
  • @Valorum I didn't get any downvotes on that Q though, and it would show up on it's own then
    – Mithical
    Dec 21, 2016 at 15:59
  • @Mithrandir - It's certainly a mystery. Use the contact us button below to attract a CM.
    – Richard
    Dec 21, 2016 at 16:52
  • Did you accept an answer in that time?
    – Möoz
    Dec 21, 2016 at 21:02
  • @Mooz nope. It would show up as a different post in that chart, anyway, I think.
    – Mithical
    Dec 21, 2016 at 21:03
  • Have seen such question on metaSO.
    – Qwertiy
    Dec 27, 2016 at 10:56

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Between the upvote that gave you the extraneous 2 reputation and the one before it, you had cast two downvotes. They were both on the same post, and they were both retracted shortly after you cast them. Since we collapse upvote/downvote pairs that occur on the same day, both of those were hidden from your reputation history the moment they were retracted.

However, your overall reputation for the day still sat at 198, because retracting a downvote does not refresh your reputation cap for the day. Only a full reputation recalc can do that, and you hadn't experienced anything within that time frame which would have triggered one of those. So when the next vote came in, it saw "198" and thought it needed to give you 2 more reputation, which it did... for a bit.

Once the next event occurred on December 25th to qualify your account for recalculation, the system caught onto this oddity and corrected it. Anything to do with that 2 reputation was gone at that point, and your reputation with its history was now correct.

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    Huh. I don't remember anything about those o_o. But okay then!
    – Mithical
    Mar 23, 2017 at 14:48

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