How come this user (user428916) has 221 reputation? [At the time of this writing]

He has asked 7 questions, of which, only 2 received upvotes, giving him 10 reputation. For answers, he has only one that has been upvoted, which is only another 10 reputation. And since everyone starts out with 1 reputation, his total becomes 21. And since he doesn't have accounts on any other Stack Exchange site that he's associated, he didn't get the +100 rep bonus.

So why does it show him has having 221? These numbers don't add up!

Also he was awarded "Nice Answer" badge, but I can't tell for what. He doesn't have any answer with more than 10 upvotes. Is there something I'm missing?


2 Answers 2


ChrisF's theory is correct. The user posted this joke answer to a question:

You should try to create a GUI interface with Visual Basic to track the IP address...

which somehow* earned him 20 upvotes (+200 rep) and a "Nice Answer" badge.

The answer was deleted by a moderator about 2 hours after it was posted (presumably as a result of a flag or multiple flags), and then a few days later, the entire question was deleted after 4 different users (including one moderator) cast a deletion vote.

So in summary, the user hasn't performed a reputation recalc recently, and there hasn't been one imposed site-wide since the question/answer were deleted. That's why his reputation is much inflated. And since badges are never revoked, he still has the "Nice Answer" badge for an answer that...wasn't really all that nice.

* The "somehow" is that the question was redditted. That's a quick way to boost vote counts to unexpected and unreasonable levels, and also to attract the attention of a very different crowd than the typical SO user, willing to vote answers like this up, rather than down.

  • after recalculation what will happen to badge?
    – Harry Joy
    May 20, 2011 at 13:16
  • @Harry: Nothing. Badges don't get revoked, even after recalculations. They have to be manually removed by a moderator. Under normal circumstances, that won't happen. However, if they earn that badge again for something else, it won't actually be awarded again. May 20, 2011 at 13:18
  • Yup, I watched that episode on an actual TV (ZOMG!). Saw it first-hand. It was quite funny at the time, but repeating it as an answer just zaps any humor value. May 20, 2011 at 13:32

I'm guessing that the answer that earned him the Nice Answer badge (100-240 rep) was deleted and there hasn't been a recalc done. When a post is deleted the rep stays until there has been a recalc.

It's also possible that there is an account association that you can't see (when I made a post here, where my account was associated with my StackOverflow account and I had received the +100 bonus, somebody said that that all they could see was a stand alone meta account).

  • The account association bonus is only possible if he has unassociated the account in the mean time. May 20, 2011 at 13:05
  • True 20 votes on the nice answer badge is more likely but it is possible.
    – Belinda
    May 20, 2011 at 13:07

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