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Imagine I'm new to Stack Overflow and I create a new question that receives 10 downvotes. That means I should lose 10 x 2 reputation points.

Since a user starts with 1 rep on Stack Overflow, I understand I would have -19 rep. Is this so, or can a user's reputation never go below 0?

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    Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2621/… – Gnoupi Apr 27 '10 at 19:57
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    Related: meta.stackoverflow.com/users/… – Jon Seigel Apr 27 '10 at 19:58
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    @Jon - truly impressive. – Gnoupi Apr 27 '10 at 19:59
  • @Jon - that's why we should have negative rep :) – user27414 Apr 27 '10 at 20:05
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    @jon, stop feeding him, trolls feed on attention – juan Apr 27 '10 at 20:07
  • (@comment notification fail, wanted to alert the other @jon, @seigel?) – juan Apr 27 '10 at 20:43
  • @Dow: I know. ...but "if it gets a laugh, leave it in." :D – Jon Seigel Apr 27 '10 at 20:58
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Reputation indeed never goes below 1. But the reputation graph history can. Here was an example, but the user doesn't exist anymore.

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    Note also that his total official rep is greater than one in spite of everything. – Pops Apr 27 '10 at 20:06
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Reputation never goes below 1, no matter how much you're downvoted.