My home page for politics.SE shows "+4" votes for this question:

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But in fact, there was 1 upvote and 3 downvotes:

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I successfully(!?) have negative values for other questions though.

So is something broken?


Others seem to be wrong too: enter image description here

The "+10" actually has (+6 -1 ✓).

The "-2" at the bottom actually has (+85 -9).

Am I completely missing what this "Reputation" section means?

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The +4 relates to the total amount of rep points obtained, not the number of votes; upvotes add 10 points while downvotes subtract 2. 10-3*2 = 4

Note that the Reputation box in the profile summary only shows recent reputation events - see this related meta post - not overall totals of reputation gained from a post. You can see the full breakdowns here.

  • I think that's just a coincidence. I've added a couple of other examples. Apr 8, 2020 at 21:38
  • @RayButterworth ah, I see where your confusion comes from - I agree that it's not incredibly intuitive. See my update.
    – CDJB Mod
    Apr 8, 2020 at 21:49
  • Thanks. It would be a lot less confusing though if it were labeled something like "Recent Reputation Changes". And even better if it also said what "Recent" meant. Apr 8, 2020 at 23:06

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