By now most people are aware that the value of question upvotes was changed, and millions of reputation points were retroactively awarded. For the purposes of this question let's ignore any debates about whether this was a positive change or a negative change. The fact remains that in the blink of an eye a huge overhaul was applied to the system. People's reputations have drastically changed, and the standing of many users on their particular sites has been upheaved.
My question is pretty straightforward: If this could happen today, what could happen tomorrow?
As far as I can tell, no process was published explaining the details of how this change was decided. No vote was taken. No one was asked if it should be done (I think the moderators were told in advance, but I don't think they were asked.)
If this is the case, is it possible that tomorrow someone will decide that answer upvotes should only be worth five points, and immediately recalculate everyone's reputation? Or perhaps even answers should be worth no points? Or perhaps reputation should be discarded altogether?
The point is that the precedent this decision sets is staggering. Is there anything ensuring that only certain types of changes will be made? Do we know that we will be able to wake up the next morning and still recognize the site?
This post is not intended as any kind of conspiracy theory, or fear-mongering, or even criticism. I am simply curious if there are any safeguards in place that would prevent enormous changes from being made against the will of the community, or if this issue has been discussed at all.
Can I contribute to the site today and feel confident that everything won't be summarily reevaluated tomorrow?