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I was always curious to what happens to users that have a ton of downvotes on their question/topics. Maybe I'm just finding this unfair for this guy. After all, he is just doing his job to post an update, and his rep is going down for it.

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    I know this needs a bit of mind juggling but the votes are on the content. By definition those are never unfair. And that specific user signed up/got hired for also posting unpopular requests. We still love him. – rene Jul 11 at 16:09
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His reputation isn't going down by that much; the question has (while I'm writing this) 160 upvotes (= +800 reputation) and 514 downvotes (= -1028 reputation). That's only 200 points, which is easily gained when he posts an announcement which is well received.

Oh, and since he has a ♦, he doesn't lose any privileges. So nothing to worry about... After all, reputation is just some imaginary Internet points, nothing important. I heard "being the scapegoat from time to time" is part of the CM job description.

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    If he gets back to 1 he needs to report to Tim Post ... – rene Jul 11 at 16:04
  • Are you saying that when you become a moderator you automatically receive all possible privileges? It was my understanding that while moderators received many (or most) privileges, some are based only on reputation, regardless of moderator status. And I would assume that those could still be lost. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 11 at 20:55
  • @JasonBassford: That may be, but actual SE staff people are... people on SE staff. If they can't be trusted with all of the tools of the site, they really shouldn't be on staff. So there is a difference between elected moderators and SE staff members. – Nicol Bolas Jul 12 at 4:22
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    @JasonBassford correct, but they are so few and unimportant that I felt a generalization ("any privileges") was appropriate. – Glorfindel Jul 12 at 5:28

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