This is to report a curious effect. I just lost 2 reputation points (not that I care) and my indicator shows

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The linked post is a deleted question, and all I did was to add a comment there.

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This is strange in two ways:

  1. How can one lose reputation points through a comment?
  2. How can one lose reputation points through a deleted post?

(I also know that minus times minus is plus, but I do not accept this as an explanation here. ;-)

  • back then, you suggested an edit that was accepted which earned you 2 points: tex.stackexchange.com/posts/403645/revisions
    – Troy
    Dec 1, 2018 at 1:04
  • @Troy Yes, that makes definitely more sense than minus times minus. So you are saying one can "earn" reputation through comments? (I am not implying that I disagree that I am certainly not aware of this.)
    – user121799
    Dec 1, 2018 at 1:13
  • Not at all: just that you earned the 2 points from making the edit to the question back then, and when the question got deleted, it's (extremely likely that) the 2 point bonus in question was then taken away from you. nothing to do with the comment made at all :)
    – Troy
    Dec 1, 2018 at 1:16

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You did more than leave a comment. You also suggested an edit to that question back in Nov 2017 (just >1 year ago):


and notice the "edit approved" status. It suggests your reputation back then was not high enough to make immediate edits. It also means when your edit was approved, you earned a 2 point bonus.

Now that the question has been deleted by the "community", it's just a matter of TeX.SE reversing that 2 point bonus you earned from that edit. Nothing to do with earning rep from comments whatsoever.


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