I gave a seemingly simple straight-forward answer and got +44 points and -2 points for it. Yet the answer has rested at -3. How is that possible? How does the math work to generate more positive points than negative points, yet the answer has a negative score? Normally each upvote = +10, and each downvote = -2. I can imagine that it received +50 points (5 upvotes) and -6-2=-8 (4 downvotes), which should place the answer at +1.


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The answer has received 6 upvotes and 9 downvotes. Each upvote earned you 10 reputation points, which means you gained a total of 60 points. Each downvote cost you 2 points, which means you lost a total of 18 points.

60 - 18 = 42
  • That does indeed add up but the notifications are confusing. Where do you see the separate ups and downs?
    – Chloe
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:47
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    @Chloe Click on the total score (the -3 in your case) to see the separate vote counts.
    – yannis
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:50
  • OMG I did not know you could do that! Wow!
    – Chloe
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:51
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    @Chloe It's part of the "Established User" privilege. Another neat feature is the post timeline. Unfortunately, although it's accessible by everyone, there's no direct link to it for non-moderators. You'll have to build the URL yourself (/posts/<post_id>/timeline) every time you need to access it.
    – yannis
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 20:56

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