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Is there a reason for this? Or is it an actual bug? I haven't received any downvotes recently, so that's not the issue.

Edit to include some questions from the comments below:

Re duplicate of this: I haven't deleted any posts recently, nor have any posts of mine been deleted, as far as I can tell.

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IIRC, I have downvoted an answer (or question) before (at some point in time), but I'm pretty sure it's been at least 6 months :D. @Shadow Wizard said that maybe the answer I downvoted (-1) got deleted (+1), and then undeleted (-1). That's possible, I guess (I had thought that they expire after a while and only mods can undelete, but I guess that's not the case).

Aannd it just happened again. (Although as @Cai pointed out, I might have already gotten the +5 from this post so this might be a false positive (aha- see what I did there))

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  • @Sha I haven't deleted any posts recently either.
    – Cullub
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:31
  • @Cullub you didn't have to delete the post yourself. Check your profile reputation tab and enable "show removed posts" (you may need to check a bunch of profiles though...)
    – Cai
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:36
  • @Cai Show removed posts is already checked, and there isn't any negative rep since January
    – Cullub
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:40
  • @Cullub did you downvote any answer at any point of time? (anywhere in the network.) Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:41
  • @ShadowWizard - that would show in the screenshot.
    – Mithical
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:41
  • No, and I usually get my downvotes shown in the pop down anyway. @sha
    – Cullub
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:42
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    @Mithrandir actually the downvote of the answer might occur even year ago, edited the comment. Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:42
  • @ShadowWizard - huh? You can see that it's been clicked since then, so the -1 would show up there.
    – Mithical
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:43
  • @Cullub I see you have four downvotes here for example. Sure they were all on questions? My point is, that answer you downvoted might have been deleted in the past (+1) then undeleted today, and the rep would drop by 1 again. (and it won't show anywhere.) Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:44
  • @Mithrandir I know, see above comment. Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 12:44
  • Did you maybe unaccept an answer? Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 13:20
  • @Sha wow that's deep. Well I guess it could be. How long until deleted posts expire? (and can't be undeleted)
    – Cullub
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 13:58
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    @fedorqui that would cause -2, and should be visible in reputation history. Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 14:02
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    Cullub: you can read about reputation in Documentation in the Meta SO post Documentation Reputation Update Is Live. You have a timeline of posts, where you can see how your edits are considered. For this case, yours shows up as minor contribution: Cullub since Oct 18 '16 at 16:09 (1 changes). However, yours was a modification in the Syntax section, which cannot be upvoted. Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 14:37
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    Well, if you'd already seen the previous +5 then that one looks correct (rep gains on the same post are collapsed in the dropdown)
    – Cai
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 14:38

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I see this routinely - a discrepancy of 1 - and I think it's because something I downvoted was deleted. This gives me my -1 back. The thing to click on might say +11, but when I click, I only see a +10 event. There's no "event" in the dropdown for the +1 of getting my -1 back. I have also seen the loss of a +2 for editing something, and I supposed if I both suggest-edited a question and downvoted an answer to it, and the whole thing was then deleted, I would have a net of -1.

The point is, when you lose or gain rep due to the deletion of a question or answer, you don't see it listed in the dropdown of things that affected your rep. I am not sure whether you see it on your rep page or not, but my hunch is you do not, that the original entry days ago giving you the rep just goes away.

  • Although this is possible (+1), I don't think it is what happened this time. See the comments on the question.
    – Cullub
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 16:58
  • Your profile rep list does show removed posts that changed your rep up or down (and with 10k on a site, also links to them). Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 22:27

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