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How does “Reputation” work on Stack Overflow?

I've seen a couple of mentions on meta of a 100 rep point penalty if your question is closed for particular reasons (here is one). I've checked the official FAQ but I can't see this mentioned anywhere.

Can somebody explain the definitive set of cases that can result in a 100 point rep loss penalty?

Once it is clarified I suggest maybe updating this particular FAQ.

  • Make it an answer then I will accept it! – Dan J Dec 9 '09 at 21:33
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    @Dan J: that would be abusing the system for cheap rep. – Ether Dec 9 '09 at 21:38
  • @Æther: Not if the new question/answer links to the duplicate questions and has different terminology that makes it easier to find. It wasn't that easy to find as I spend 10 minutes looking for it and couldn't find it! – Dan J Dec 9 '09 at 21:44

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