I noticed that recently I am losing reputation points due to a question that gets downvotes. I don't understand how I got the points in the first place, but that's a different story.
I don't want to obsess about some points, but this does cause a series of issues:
Obviously, I don't want to lose reputation points, or any kind of points. Losing gives a bad feeling for anyone using any service.
There is a certain threshold of reputation points required to access most of the community activity of this platform, so losing points below that threshold becomes very problematic.
To avoid losing points, I can delete the question completely, but this creates the wrong incentive, because the whole point of having a Q&A platform is to be able to discuss things and find answers.
So, my question is:
How do we fix this points system issue?
I hope to get some positive change, because from my last question I got the feeling that things are stuck the way they are, without any point in trying anymore.
Apparently, a question cannot be deleted if it has activity that affects the reputation points of other users.
I tried deleting my question and got this system message:
You cannot delete this question as others have invested time and effort into answering it. For more information, visit the help center.
Apparently, downvotes on a question affect only the reputation points received from that specific question, but not the reputation from other questions. Is this documented anywhere?
Apparently, the points system has a significant delay between receiving downvotes and updating the reputation points.
It's hard to figure out whether it works correctly or not, but all downvotes seem indeed to affect all reputation points. So Update #2 was a false impression due to the system delay.
As an example, I will use my own meta account:
- I have this current question with at least 9 downvotes, so -18 points or more.
- I have this other question with at least 9 downvotes, so -18 points or more.
- The other question also received three upvotes, so +30 points.
- Based on these two questions (+30 -18 -18 = -6), I should have negative reputation points, or one point if it's capped at minimum.