The new activity dropdown seems to be a bit confused. It says I earned 65 rep this week, yet it clearly links to a page which shows that I've earned 75 rep this week. Normally, I would put this down to caching, but the "today" column was updating just fine when this was actively occurring (go to revision history for this post if you want to see the earlier image).

The discrepancy seems to be constantly 10, so maybe this is an edge condition with a retracted upvote (maybe a vote, unvote, and then another vote either in the five minutes or maybe after an edit).

image of incorrect number

  • @ChrisF is correct, the week reset is on sunday at 00:00 UTC for the dropdown, the /users page, and the stackexchange.com rep leagues. Mar 17, 2011 at 1:50
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    @Nick That notwithstanding, I fail to understand how I can earn 50 rep today (actually, yesterday by now) but only 40 for the week as of yesterday. Surely the week always contains today?
    – waiwai933
    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:50
  • Wouldn't it be worthwhile to put a line of gray text on the hover thingy, beneath rep points, saying "Week rep calculated since Sunday 00:00 UTC" and other significant points. After all the real UTC time is happily ticking away in the bottom corner looking lonely without some accompanying context.
    – John K
    Mar 17, 2011 at 3:27
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    @Nick Craver: I'm wait waiwai933 here. In what circumstances could rep gained "today" not count towards "this week"? Surely the day starts at 00:00 UTC, and so does the week (if it's Sunday). How is this "by design"?
    – Jon Skeet
    Mar 17, 2011 at 7:18
  • I can see through that red cross out! Mar 19, 2011 at 1:50
  • @muntoo You can also go to the revision history if you're really curious and don't want your eyes to bleed.
    – waiwai933
    Mar 19, 2011 at 1:51
  • @Jon - that is indeed a bug I'll get into probably tomorrow morning, may be a week reset issue with the timing. We've been dealing with other urgent issues the past few days, just now getting back to the bug list. Mar 19, 2011 at 2:33
  • @Jon - This actually isn't a bug, see my answer below in a moment! Mar 19, 2011 at 3:10

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The week reset is covered in comments above, we reset at 00:00 UTC, now for the 10 rep difference:

The week/month/etc changes are the net change in that period (e.g. endRep - startRep), so why doesn't this seem to match your rep report?

After you edited your answer here someone reversed their upvote on it (on 2011-03-16), meaning you lost that 10 rep. So for the week, you lost 10, brining your week change down to 65.

Update: In the next build "today" will behave the same as the other intervals, like week, month, quarter and year. Every interval now means:

"How much did your rep change from the beginning of [the X"

To be as explicit as possible:

  • today - "How much did my rep change from the beginning of today?"
  • week - "How much did my rep change from the beginning of the week?"
  • month - "How much did my rep change from the beginning of the month?"
  • quarter - "How much did my rep change from the beginning of the quarter?"
  • year - "How much did my rep change from the beginning of the year?"

These meanings apply everywhere: currently the user popup and the /users page.

For example (related to this question):

If you got 10 upvotes for 100 rep today, but someone reversed an upvote from months ago (but they did so today) then you would see +90 as the change today, since from the beginning of the day your total rep went up 90.

You should only see this mis-match from the "votes today" on your reputation profile tab when someone reverses their vote (due to an edit, etc). If this is too much to bear, you can recalc your reputation which will sync up all history and not show that previous increase (or the corresponding decrease from the reversal) ever happened.

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    So daily rep changes aren't done on the same basis? I think I see how it works, but I hope you agree it's pretty confusing. Probably not worth reworking though...
    – Jon Skeet
    Mar 19, 2011 at 7:29
  • @Jon - Daily is indeed by vote totals, so it may be worth redoing...we'll discuss it on the next team call - the old revoked vote honestly wasn't considered that heavily the first round, we'll have to think if this is the best way to present that. There's a more visible potential issue with daily if our reset doesn't happen at precisely the right time, which in an outage can potentially happen. Mar 19, 2011 at 10:48
  • @Jon - In the next deploy, we'll switch today to be a delta as well, how much did your rep actually change from the beginning of the day. Mar 25, 2011 at 17:51
  • Fab. Does that mean I'll be able to see where I've lost points due to an accepted answer (from a different day) being unaccepted? Or will it show that the rep has been lost, but without a link?
    – Jon Skeet
    Mar 25, 2011 at 18:26
  • @Jon - without a link at the moment, we're mulling showing this, but leaning towards no...since showing deleted votes would be a whole can of worms Mar 25, 2011 at 18:27

March 10th and 12th were last week.

The figure isn't for the last 7 days, but for the week starting Sunday. In this case Sunday 13th March. In which case you have earned 50 rep this week.

The other 39 was last week.

BTW - you might want to obscure which post you down-voted ;)


However that does leave a discrepancy of 10 which I can't explain.

  • 50 rep this week, not 40 though. It still looks like a bug to me.
    – Jon Skeet
    Mar 17, 2011 at 7:19
  • @Jon - Ah - missed that subtlety. Caching perhaps?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Mar 17, 2011 at 8:50

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