Let me preface this question by saying: I know it's only rep, and moreover, only on Area51, so who really cares?

Thus, I'm not asking out of a sense of justice, but of curiosity.

Today, I have 1,209 rep. Yesterday, I had over 1,800 (1,819 if memory serves).

I've experienced random "adjustments" of rep before, which may have "lost" me 10-50 rep... but 600?

Was there a massive re-calc, or change of rep rules here on Area 51 in the last 48 hours?


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Since the Area51 model is similar to that of the other/main Stack Exchange sites, you can also gain/lose reputation in a similar way. Most notably a reputation loss could be associated with down-votes or when a question/answer is removed. The latter typically happens when you a site proposal runs stale and is closed and eventually deleted.

Deletion of the proposal is accompanied with the deletion of all posts (questions and answers), and down the road a reputation recalculation which makes you freak out. If you want, trigger your own reputation recalculation to see if there are any other reputation changes that will/should take effect.

Note that badges are never lost.

  • If I remember correctly, on other SE sites reputation is kept when a post is deleted if it has 3 or more upvotes. Is this also the case with Area51? Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 20:06
  • @Carpetsmoker: No, if you have a positive-score answer, the post cannot be deleted by regular posters. See How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?
    – Werner
    Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 20:10
  • "Reputation changes from bounties and votes (both up and down) on deleted posts (including answers to a deleted question) are nullified. (Exception: Reputation earned for posts with a score of three or higher, and where the post has been visible on the site for at least 60 days, is retained)." -> That's what I meant... But this apparently doesn't apply to Area51? Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 20:28
  • @Carpetsmoker: Good question. I only gathered what I included in my answer from a recent deletion of a proposal that had been active for far longer than 60 days. A reputation recalculation dropped me down about 150 rep, and since that was the only proposal I followed there was nothing else to attribute the reputation loss to. Area51 may be different...
    – Werner
    Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 23:32

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