I was just looking at my reputation and noticed I received a -10 recently for this answer.

When I look at the actual answer there's no downvotes. I also looked at the answer history and don't see anything that stands-out to indicate why such a big drop in points.

I thought it could be that a user, or users, who upvoted were removed and so the points I received from them were removed, too. But 10 points seems like a really high number for this sort of situation.

I looked in the Help Center but couldn't find anything to lead me to an explanation for a large drop like this. Can one of the Mods please let me know what happened here?

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  • You get 10 points for an upvote, so a removed user results in -10. For a more detailed look I need to get back to a Mac first, analysis on an iPhone is cumbersome...
    – nohillside Mod
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 6:21
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    Thanks, @nohillside, it looks like monomeeth got the answer for me.
    – fsb
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 13:10
  • Having nearly 19k rep you call -10 a "large drop"? :> Some years ago, I've had some user upvoting many of my questions in stackoverflow.com and got -200 or -300 when that user was removed from the system! :>
    – trejder
    Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 18:24
  • @trejder Yes, I call it a large drop. While I understand I might not seem large to you, it is large to me.
    – fsb
    Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 19:10

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I have looked into this for you and it seems this is the result of someone reversing their upvote. See image below:

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So, because this was an unupvote as opposed to an actual downvote, it doesn't appear as a downvote on your answer.

Seems to be a case of a user having changed their mind for some reason some time after having originally upvoted your answer.

  • Great, thanks for helping me out on this.
    – fsb
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 13:09

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