What happened to by reputation points? I remember surely being over 3000, now over 1000 points is gone. There are no dramatic events in my history like user download or extreme downvoting.

Yes, I was closing many proposals that were in my opinion poorly defined or asked example questions that were literally on topic to proove they were not good defined, could it be the reason that many people went through my question and removed upvotes on my questions to take my priviledges from me? Normally something like that should be seen in reputation tab, but I can't see it either.

Is there any way to track down that magical reputation change?


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Most likely, what happened is that you triggered a rep recalc. On normal SE sites, this isn't a big deal because deleted posts are accounted for automatically and recalcs rarely result in more than a small amount of rep being lost. However, on Area 51, you keep the rep from questions/follows/commits on deleted proposals until a recalc occurs. After the recalc, the system treats it as if those deleted proposals never existed at all, so you lose any rep from deleted proposals, and it happens suddenly and seemingly randomly.

I lost around 500 rep to one recalc a few months ago. I'm certain that was the cause, since it was triggered by an account merger which always results in a rep recalc. Other users have lost much more than that. For example, warren was at nearly 10k rep at one point, and is now at under 5k. This MSO post is by wikis who lost 2k rep from one. Here's another example on Discuss Area 51 which says that this is .

As far as I know, there's not much you can do to prevent a rep recalc from being automatically triggered (though you could trigger one yourself by going to http://area51.stackexchange.com/reputation and clicking the recalc button). As of right now, the only way to be sure you can keep your rep is to make sure to keep proposals active until they hit beta so they won't be automatically deleted.

  • And proposals deleted in beta won't lost reputation earned on them?
    – FolksLord
    Feb 17, 2014 at 19:54
  • @FolksLord I can't say for certain, but I think the answer is yes. Sites which were closed in beta still have proposals which aren't removed, and are visible to anyone. The questions also persist on user profiles. So I think in that case you get to keep the rep. The fact that there are long-time high-rep users (e.g. Joe Fitzsimons) whose only proposals are like that seems to support this.
    – Logan M
    Feb 17, 2014 at 20:03

There is a complete accounting of your reputation here: http://area51.stackexchange.com/users/59048/folkslord?tab=reputation

  • Thank you, but something is missing there. There's no event that would cost me over 1000 reputation in that history.
    – FolksLord
    Feb 16, 2014 at 21:17

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