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I thought I saw people with 0 reputation on Stack Overflow:

Screenshot of users page, with some having 0 rep

How is that even possible? I started with 1.

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    Do you have links to those people? As far as I'm aware it's not possible.
    – jonrsharpe
    Jul 10, 2017 at 20:38
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    "I have seen a couple of people with 0 reputation on stackoverflow". Links please.
    – Oded
    Jul 10, 2017 at 20:38
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    Do you have an example, because that shouldn't be possible. Even a suspended User has 1 reputation point. Are you sure it was the overall reputation and not the gained reputation, like here: meta.stackexchange.com/… (just a random page of gained reputation in the current week)?
    – Tom
    Jul 10, 2017 at 20:38
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    I have seen people with 0 and negative reputation for week/month/year. That's when they lose reputation within that time period. But never for total reputation, as that's capped to a minimum of 1.
    – Oded
    Jul 10, 2017 at 20:39
  • Thanks @Oded, I think that is probably what I saw.
    – Akaisteph7
    Jul 10, 2017 at 21:07
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    The close reason, non-repo, isn't correct. I can reproduce it, with different users of course, any time, on almost any site. Go to the Users page, select the Reputation or Voters tab, select any sub-tab, except All, then go through the pages until you find a user, or users, that have 0, or any negative number, in their rep. Sample screen here. The comment by Oded explains why such numbers are possible.
    – user351780
    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:49
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    Those aren't reputation numbers, those are their weekly rep earnings...
    – Andrew Li
    Jul 11, 2017 at 2:03

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It isn't. There is no way of having 0 reputation.

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    Also note the OP's screenshot is of their weekly (IIRC) rep increase, not their overall rep.
    – Andrew Li
    Jul 11, 2017 at 2:03
  • @Akaisteph7: No particular individual is downvoting more than once. Voting is purely the expression of individuals and, above anything else, must not be taken personally.
    – Bathsheba
    Jul 11, 2017 at 16:05
  • @Bathsheba I get that, which is why I did not tag anyone. It was for future readers like the ones that have gone on to down-vote it. I will not take it personally but then again some people can afford to do that and take advantage of that. My problem is that I cannot make the question better as it was obviously a bad question but I cannot stop people from down-voting it.
    – Akaisteph7
    Jul 11, 2017 at 16:10
  • It's the way Meta works. But I see you've hit the rep floor (!!), so no real harm done.
    – Bathsheba
    Jul 11, 2017 at 16:11

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