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How does 42 add up to -3?

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 ...
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How to deal with tiny edits intending to raise a question's visibility for the purposes of extra rep?

Don't roll back bumping edits. Mod flag Edits like that should be mod flagged so a moderator can review them. Normally I would wait until a pattern has emerged, but the user is transparent about why ...
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Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

No. Looking at the politics.SE stats, the site isn't doing so well on "questions per day", so incentivizing asking questions seems like a good thing. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will help ...
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Aren't controversial posts too rewarding?

It's not just a matter of the rep differential between upvotes and downvotes. Poor-quality answers that agree with the biases of a significant percentage of people often receive highly positive scores....
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How does this user's rep history make sense?

There's a daily rep cap of 200 per day. The only ways to go above it are to get the +15 bonus that comes when your answer is accepted or when you receive bounties. If the user downvoted an answer at ...
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How to deal with tiny edits intending to raise a question's visibility for the purposes of extra rep?

I don't think we need to make more of it than it actually is. Editing itself is not something to be discouraged, unless it's excessive. If you think there's abuse, flag it for mod attention and ...
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Aren't controversial posts too rewarding?

Let me cold-shower you by saying that any changes to the reputation system are highly unlikely to take Politics.SE into account. The MSO rules boffins that may have some pull with the company/staff ...
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Will a suspended user get my 100 point bounty?

My understanding is the "locked at 1 reputation" part of a suspension is just a visual thing, and reputation is still gained/lost like normal behind the scenes. From this post on the main ...
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Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

As long as politics stackexchange does not stand on its own, I'd argue that the (potential) benefit of using the same rules as the main site outweighs the (potential) drawbacks of using +10/+10. This ...
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Are downvotes being counted the same as upvotes in the Reputation summary?

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 ...
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How to deal with tiny edits intending to raise a question's visibility for the purposes of extra rep?

Amusingly one of my first contributions to an Electronics SE question resulted in the mods locking down my answer because they thought I was editing it to bump it to the main page (which I had no idea ...
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Should we use +5 instead of +10 if this becomes possible in the future?

No. A site dies without a continuous supply of quality and on-topic questions. Anything that could be seen as suggesting "we are twice as important/valuable as you are" might feel discouraging to ...
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