So, I login today and notice that I have gone from 11,481 down to 11,195. I don;t see how this could have happened through the voting system. I know that another member was annoyed when I corrected their response in a comment and proceeded to arbitrarily downvote many of my responses, but that could not account for 286 points. It's not the end of the world here, but it is a little discouraging.

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    probably a recalc
    – fretje
    Feb 3, 2010 at 18:21
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    Also keep in mind that the '286 was a venerable processor, and quite nimble it its time. You should feel privileged to now share some connection with that choice silicon.
    – Pollyanna
    Feb 3, 2010 at 18:25
  • @Pollyanna: LOL Feb 3, 2010 at 18:36
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    Maybe a good time to bring this up again: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/35566/…
    – alex
    Feb 3, 2010 at 18:55
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    Here, have some sympathy upvotes.
    – Ether
    Feb 3, 2010 at 19:26
  • I like how everyone remembers the exact reputation they had the previous day. ;) Nov 24, 2011 at 0:52

1 Answer 1


Given that your reputation graph doesn't show a sudden drop, then chances are that a reputation recalc was done on your account.

This may have been triggered by the abusive downvoting you experienced. When those downvotes are deleted, a rep recalc is done to reflect the deleted votes.

In most cases a rep recalc results in a lower rep due to migrated and deleted posts.

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    Hmmm, so abusive downvoting being fixed causes me to lose rep? Seems pretty backwards, but ok. Thanks. Feb 3, 2010 at 18:33
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    @Ed - A lot of users have slightly inflated reputation because they just haven't had a recalc. There are apocryphal tales that someday, the skies will open and a site-wide rep recalc will occur, but people who believe in such mysticism are far too simple for sophisticated folk such as you and I. Feb 3, 2010 at 18:38
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    I'm too old for fairy tales.
    – Ether
    Feb 3, 2010 at 19:29

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