To be honest, I haven’t been very active on Stack Overflow in the last few weeks and I’ve only taken up the slack in the last few days. I’m therefore astonished to see (via the /reputation link) that my reputation will go down by 578 points (from currently 64,668 to 64,090) with the next reputation recalc.

Since I haven’t done much since the last recalc (that I’m aware of), and the rules for reputation haven’t changed (or have they?) this doesn’t seem right.

I haven’t noticed any “unusual” votes that would be undone, haven’t deleted any high-scoring answers, and in any case more than 500 rep would seem excessive even then.

What other reasons for losing that much rep are there?

(I want to stress again that this is from after the great rep recalc, so the changing reputation gain for question upvotes has already been applied. What I’m seeing here is unrelated.)

  • By the way, I didn’t invent the oh-noes tag but it seemed appropriate here. – Konrad Rudolph May 20 '10 at 8:21
  • Does stackoverflow.com/reputation tell you the reputation you will lose in the future? How? Where? – Daniel Daranas May 20 '10 at 8:23
  • @Daniel Daranas: Well, it tells you the “real” reputation while the reputation shown on top of the SOFU pages show only an approximation that doesn’t take into account rep lost via deleted questions, loss from undone “suspicious” votes and rep gain from capped reputation that cancels out downvotes from the same day. – Konrad Rudolph May 20 '10 at 8:47
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    Konrad, I've posted undeletion request here - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/50601/… - I hope you get most reps back. – YOU May 20 '10 at 10:15
  • I think i lost more than that. – Evan Carroll May 20 '10 at 21:47
  • Count yourself lucky, I lost 2000 - dropped me back below 10k too – Blorgbeard is out May 21 '10 at 8:00
  • @Blorgbeard: That’s tough. :-( But just to get this out of the way: in the “great” rep recalc, I also lost substantially more rep. But given that the rules for accruing rep had been changed, that was to be expected. – Konrad Rudolph May 21 '10 at 8:18
  • @Juan but I loved that oh-noes tag. ;-) – Konrad Rudolph May 31 '10 at 14:27

I have seen some of the questions you've answered, listed on the delete candidate page under 10k tools, and almost all the question on that list got deleted, so probably thats the reason why you see the drop on /reputation

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    Huh. I didn’t know that I posted in many questions that were going to be deleted (and I can’t see any such questions now) but now that I look at the list, there are entirely too many deletions for my taste. – Konrad Rudolph May 20 '10 at 8:51
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    @Konrad It is also mostly the same people deleting. – HAL 9000 May 20 '10 at 9:07
  • @Konrad, Yeah, we can't know which answer is going to be deleted, but most of them are off topic and poor written questions. If you found valid questions, you could post here in meta, to get undelete it back by some moderators. – YOU May 20 '10 at 9:21
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    @Konrad, without being able to see the questions, I guess this then relates to Why are we deleting instead of merging? – Arjan May 20 '10 at 9:28
  • @S.Mark Like this question? Perfectly reasonable question. Or this one. Sure it had been asked before but it didn't need to be deleted. This should have been moved to meta. The list goes on. (All those were deleted in the past 24 hours) – HAL 9000 May 20 '10 at 10:43
  • Yeah @Yacoby, I agree that those posts should not be deleted. but I sometimes involved deletion of those questions, I couldn't say too loudly. – YOU May 20 '10 at 10:52
  • Merged question get deleted eventually, just after the mod moves the answers. – Rosinante May 20 '10 at 10:59
  • @Arjan: Yes, that’s kind of related. Thanks for pointing it out. – Konrad Rudolph May 20 '10 at 11:30

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