I'm confused. On my profile page a -2 showed up.

I have not received voting privileges and hasn't intentionally downvoted anyone. How did I lose 2 points?

I am also wondering - on my answer here where I lost the above points there is a -1 between the voting arrows.

What is it? I thought it showed accrued points. What am I missing?

  • Without checking: A post might have been removed where you previously earned +2 (e.g. via an edit), as your "also wondering" confirms: when that happens, rep is "undone" – i.e. downvote substracts are given back, upvote earnings taken back. At least for rep "recently earned" (not sure how far back that reaches, AFAIR something like 3 or 6 months). – Izzy Aug 26 '15 at 9:53
  • None of my posts have disappeared - I corrected my own post, so doing this removed the points gained from making the post? I hope I'm not just being dense...Does this mean I actually lost a point in answering a question? – Scritter Aug 26 '15 at 10:14
  • Nope, editing a post doesn't remove previously earned rep (though as a result, a downvote might if it was a bad edit :) Firelord figured out your case meanwhile. And yes, downvotes without explanations are a problem – I wish people doing that would leave a hint in the comments, unless it's something too obvious :) – Izzy Aug 26 '15 at 22:10

Here is the breakdown:

You had 1+5+2=8 points until an hour ago.

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Then you received a downvote on a post of yours which took two points out of the total, ending up at 6 points.

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Now, you pretty much had it all figured out, but you're missing the point stated in help center here:

(Emphasis mine)

  • Downvotes remove 2 reputation from the post owner.
  • Downvotes on answers remove 1 reputation from you, the voter.

This is simply what happened. You received a single downvote (that -1 between the arrows) on your answer which took away two points from your account and one point from the user who downvoted it.

  • Got it, I think... I was mistakenly seeing the downvote notification, the -1 as points not votes. It's there anyway too find out why my answer wss downvoted?, I'd like to improve it or remove it. btw, thanks for your time. – Scritter Aug 26 '15 at 10:21
  • Why was it downvoted is an altogether different question which you should ask as a separate question (be kind). My take is that the last line seems to be a promotion for the app. It can take further edit in capitalization of words and so. Also, we use quotes not @ when we mention a post's content (not a forum but a Q/A site. See tour). You may consider correcting them and for the first line of the answer, perhaps screenshots can help. // Only the downvoter can truly explain why the post was considered not useful. – Firelord Aug 26 '15 at 10:28

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