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On this answer, it says I lost 5 reputation, and I'm really puzzled about what chain of events could have caused this. I don't care about the lost rep, I'm just curious to understand as I've never seen this before.

  • Upvotes on answers are +10 reputation. Removal of an upvote on an answer would then be -10.
  • Downvotes on questions and answers cost the author -2 reputation; moreover, this answer has a score of 15 up / 0 down.

The only way I could see this notification making any sense is if

  • I downvoted another answer to the same question (-1), and
  • Two users downvoted my answer (-4)

for a total of -5, except those would show as two separate events, and there are no downvotes on my answer.

What happened here?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you accidently post your answer as a question? ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – Beta Decay
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 17:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @βετѧΛєҫαγ I might well have done considering how out of it I seem to be today :( \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 17:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ I propose migrating this to Puzzling SE. ;) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 19:09

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A quick glance at your reputation history reveals that your answer was unaccepted (-15) and got an upvote (+10). The sum is the -5 you saw in the notification area.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I totally forgot it was ever accepted... now it makes sense... \$\endgroup\$
    – cat
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 17:16

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