A few days ago I had 9241 rep on SO. Upon returning to the site I discovered I had mysteriously gained 70 points. Further inspection reveals that I had no upvotes or accepted answers.

I feel my rep has been incorrectly inflated giving a false sense of my worth and the quality of my answers. This also makes me reach the 10K tools quicker than expected, and I wasn't planning on being distracted with those new capabilities so soon!

I discovered the great rep-calc post and I feel somewhat guilty participating in this thread since I didn't "lose" anything. Well, I did lose my lower rep, so I guess that's a compromise. I think the change shouldn't have been retroactive. Just award my future points according to this new algorithm.

If you feel as cheated as I do I suggest we band together by wearing this T-shirt till the official SO T-shirts are available (I have no affiliation w/this site etc.):

Fat Unicorn

Now that my coffee's ready I can stop wasting my time on meta :)

  • 10
    I don't really understand why there is an overweight unicorn eating our T-Shirts, but anyway. +1.
    – Pekka
    Mar 23, 2010 at 0:33
  • 5
    That is OUTRAGEOUS!! Mar 23, 2010 at 0:36
  • 3
    @jeff - I completely agree - why would a unicorn eat it's own waste? Ludicrous!
    – Pollyanna
    Mar 23, 2010 at 0:41
  • 2
    @Pekka it's symbolism: the blue (err, green) sky and rainbows represent the status quo and we're left picking up the pieces of the shattered world we once knew. The unicorn packing extra pounds represents the undeserved rep gain. Sad, sad world. Mar 23, 2010 at 0:47
  • fantastic :) .. Mar 23, 2010 at 0:50
  • I'm so sorry, but I must make you gain more rep.
    – tvanfosson
    Mar 23, 2010 at 2:02
  • @tvanfosson: Nooooooooooo!!! (youtube.com/watch?v=Tim5nU3DwIE) Mar 23, 2010 at 2:24
  • 3
    This is the only "complaint about rep recalc" question that I upvoted. Thanks for making my day a little brighter.
    – user14860
    Mar 23, 2010 at 5:24

4 Answers 4


Looks like the Destroyer of Ponies ate a few too many:

"unicorn, destroyer of ponies"


If you think +70 is OUTRAGEOUS, do not follow @jonskeet.

  • 3
    The actual tweet in question: twitter.com/jonskeet/status/10888131165 (I'd considered editing your post, but thought better of it.)
    – John Rudy
    Mar 23, 2010 at 2:57
  • Haha. Am I the only one that gets this? Oh, nvm. Mar 23, 2010 at 2:59
  • Nice. I missed that; haven't been on twitter today :) Mar 23, 2010 at 3:01
  • Hahahahahahahaha! I wish Jon had posted that, just to spite us. He'd been stoned to death by the poor souls who lost half their reputation. :)
    – Pekka
    Mar 23, 2010 at 21:04

It's due to solar flares and an unprecedented solar eclipse.


I agree. I lost over -1500 points. I demand satisfaction!

How dare you retroactively award reputation for the time I spent answering questions after receiving bounties. This, good sir, will not stand.

  • A loss of -1500 - you have my condolances sir. Your empathy for the op must be crippling for you. Mar 23, 2010 at 0:54
  • Wow, and I thought I had it bad! I join @Farseeker and offer my deepest condolences! Mar 23, 2010 at 0:57
  • 1
    @Farseeker: I had to run for 80 stack-hours on a stack-treadmill to lose those stack-pounds, and now it's like I just gorged myself on 28 tubs of stack-ice cream. Not fair!
    – Aarobot
    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:00
  • Lol @ downvote, I think somebody's bitter. :P
    – Aarobot
    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:24
  • Ya a bunch of downvotes all around it seems. I got 3 so far! Mar 23, 2010 at 2:28
  • I gained about 200. How's that for ya? Smelly enough? Let me rub that a bit harder in you face. There we go.
    – Tor Valamo
    Mar 23, 2010 at 3:52

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .