I clicked the "Trigger Reputation Recalc" button on my https://stackoverflow.com/reputation page. My rep went down by ~236 points.

Why did my rep go down? Is it because I recieved upvotes for answers that were later deleted (say, because the question I answered was deleted)? Is this the same thing that would happen during a site-wide rep recalc? I'm just curious (and tired, so I probably missed the entry in the manual about this feature).

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    I think the system hates users and wants to punish them for clicking too many buttons. – tvanfosson Jan 13 '11 at 23:06
  • @tvan: sounds reasonable enough to me :) – Matt Ball Jan 13 '11 at 23:07
  • @Matt - it's only a theory but all the evidence seems to support it. All this talk about deleted questions and votes is likely just a conspiracy to protect the system from retaliation. – tvanfosson Jan 13 '11 at 23:09
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    Bet you don't do that again. – Lance Roberts Jan 13 '11 at 23:17
  • @Lance: well, just to prove you wrong: I just did it again >:) – Matt Ball Jan 26 '11 at 18:30
  • @Zoidberg - He is God? Why not Zoidberg? – Derek 朕會功夫 Feb 13 '13 at 3:56

Yes, it is the same as what would happen during a site-wide rep recalculation.

Your reputation would go down for the reasons detailed in the blog

Questions and answers sometimes get deleted; votes on deleted posts do not count toward your reputation.

Users sometimes get deleted. When a user is deleted, all their votes are deleted, too. Some of those votes may have been on your posts.

Questions get migrated from one site to another, which means any votes on that question and all of its answers are effectively deleted from the source site (but will now count toward your rep on the destination site, assuming you have associated accounts between sites).

Posts can automatically change to community wiki mode, which means any new votes added after the community wiki date no longer count towards your reputation score. This doesn’t actually cause a problem with chronology of votes, but I am mentioning it here for completeness and to emphasize that votes on community wiki posts don’t generate reputation for anyone.

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