If you attempt to recalculate your reputation more than one time per day, the following message is shown:

Reputation cannot be recalculated more then once per day.

Correct: 'more than once'.

Also, there's some lag with recalc, even when it is forced: prevents high server loads?

I am glad to be helping you, your Grammar Nazi.

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    Oh SHI-- People, I've just lost 80 rep after triggering a recalc: from 1793 to 1713! Can I get it back!? :-(
    – YasirA
    Jan 26, 2011 at 15:43
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    No, that is the point of the recalc. To see why your rep would have dropped, refer to this question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/74905/…
    – Brandon
    Jan 26, 2011 at 15:59
  • @Brandon: I remember, I havent posted to CW though, and it seems none of questions is CW now. Okay.
    – YasirA
    Jan 26, 2011 at 16:03
  • This is the same on english.stackexchange.com, kinda funny? 'Reputation cannot be recalculated more then once per day.'
    – user146787
    Jan 26, 2011 at 19:16
  • @Radek S: I guess it'll change on the next reload of their platform :-)
    – YasirA
    Jan 26, 2011 at 19:31

1 Answer 1


Actually, this is by design. You see, the character a is ASCII 97, which is 01100001 in binary. On the other hand, e is ASCII 101, or 01100101.

As I'm sure you know, zeros are more expensive then than ones to send over a network connection (because they're well-rounded and hence heavier).

And since Stack Overflow currently has lots of problems with bandwidth (ever since a clueless intern caused our network load to skyrocket by sending unneccessary newlines across the internet), we have to save where we can.

We were hoping no-one would notice this.

But alas, you did.

So we fixed it.



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    ... (express of astonishment)
    – user138231
    Jan 26, 2011 at 17:43
  • @balpha: LOL. Oh noes, you just wasted 100 KiB of SE traffic by posting your answer :-) BTW, should I accept the answer?
    – YasirA
    Jan 26, 2011 at 17:45
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    +1. I like my bytes well rounded.
    – badp
    Jan 26, 2011 at 17:51
  • @badp: +1 for getting the reference :)
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jan 26, 2011 at 18:10
  • @YasirArsanukaev: Accept if you want to; this is Meta, it doesn't really matter. BTW, I would've received a notification of your comment even before your edit; the owner of the post you're commenting on always gets notified, whether you include a @reply or not.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jan 26, 2011 at 18:13
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    @balpha: I suspected about notice, but I've edited the comment (I fail at English) several times, and after the 2nd edit just added @ to ensure you'll get back to read the comment again. ;-)
    – YasirA
    Jan 26, 2011 at 18:16
  • +1 for referring to the most stupid question ever. :)
    – user146787
    Jan 26, 2011 at 19:15

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