This is a question an answer site, not a discussion forum. A large portion of folks arriving at this site off the Internet are expecting a discussion forum and this is a major attitude adjustment they have to get over to use the site effectively. The 50 rep barrier is to make sure that people get off on the right foot and realize right away that the focus ...
There are basically three ways you can lose 100 rep:
Offer a bounty on a question
Have some piece(s) of content you posted within the last 90 days that has votes adding up to 100 rep (10 for answers, 20 for questions) deleted
Get docked for offensive content
If its not reason 1 or 2, then it must be reason 3.
Offensive content is judged by anyone on the ...
Here are some pointers for the use of tools that become available at several of the most important reputation levels: 15–125, 3k, 10k, and 15k.
15 / 15 / 125
It doesn't take much reputation to have a big impact on this site! At these low levels of reputation, you get the ability to:
Flag posts (15)
Vote up (15)
Vote down (125)
Flags are for ...
This question presents what is a formal logical fallacy: that of a false dilemma. Your account neither had points taken away nor is there a math error. The option not considered is that you've got your facts wrong.
The points you earned were association bonuses. Once you earn at least 200 points on any SE network site, you automatically get granted a new ...
Your answer is in your question: your last question was put on hold. If you go to ask a new question without first remedying the problem that afflicts your last one, you'll see a warning.
If you can't fix your past questions, so be it - the system can be forgiving, to a point. But if all your questions are closed, you'll eventually be restricted when you ...
This is the reputation required to enter chat across the entire Stack Exchange network, so convincing the powers-that-be that a change is required will not mean merely convincing us at Christianity.SE, but also the community at Meta Stack Exchange and the SE staff.
As for why the limit is 20 reputation, take a look at this related question: SO Chat: Why is ...
Contrary to your assertion that "There really isn't much to do for a new member on this site", new members can immediately engage in the core business of the site which is to post questions and answers. Any stuff that a new user can't immediately do (such as "have their say" by commenting on other people's posts) is not the main point of ...
Honestly, if you can't be be bothered to even copy/paste a post to the correct place to ask it, this site may not be for you. Asking and answering questions in the way our guidelines expect is hard work and takes time. If you are not willing to invest even a modicum of effort into figuring out how the site works you're going to be frustrated at evey turn.
It's not commenting that makes a difference, but the type of content that you are downvoting. Downvoting answers always costs you 1 rep. Downvoting questions doesn't reduce your rep at all.
This help center page covers this and more: What is reputation? How do I earn (and lose) it?
Per the help center documentation on situations where you can lose reputation, down-voting other people's answers costs you 1 reputation. This is to avoid new users going on down-voting rampages or making revenge down-votes.
While you may not have answered or commented on the question, you evidently downvoted one of the answers.
I think you may be confusing a couple of issues as if they were one. Let me try to separate them out.
It sounds like the SE servers that host this site may have been having an issue as some point yesterday that kicked the entire site into read-only mode for a few minutes. Of course anything you make have tried during that window may have failed.
I suspect, ...
This is by design.
The trick is that when the post is deleted, all of the votes are deleted as well (unless the post is sufficiently old and upvoted.). The fact that there is no vote history shown to you as a user has to do with the fact that the post is deleted. I can see it in your profile on this tab but I'm guessing we don't show you that. Again this is ...
THIS IS AN AWESOME IDEA.
The spirit of giving is upon us and this is an excellent way for people to get excited about the site and especially the Christmas season.
Your plan to do 100 per day the whole time will only work if you also award them as soon as possible. User's may only have three active bounties at any given time and ...
As you say, this isn't particularly feasible – the entire Stack Exchange platform is heavily dependent on the reputation structure. For example:
Reputation dictates how many privileges you have on the site. It would be absolute chaos if all users could perform all actions, even users with practically no experience on the site. For more info, see the ...
The only case I'm aware of where you will receive a reputation increase with no inbox notification is when an answer you downvoted is deleted.
When you downvote an answer, you receive -1 reputation. If that answer is later deleted (by the OP, by a moderator, or by the question it responds to being deleted), you will receive that reputation back, and unless ...
The reputation tab on your profile will detail all the changes to your total. Viewing the timeline rather that just the graph can be helpful sorting out what happened. For example the time slot you gave (depending on what time zone you gave it in) might be explained by this bit:
That's somebody removing an upvote on your question after you edited it (-5) ...
This page details your changes to rep, hopefully reviewing it will answer your question, if not perhaps you can be a bit more specific about what you think the problem is:
What would Jesus do? Would he require someone to achieve a certain amount of badges before they could chat with Him?
As I read the gospels, Jesus would probably ask more than that. Two scriptural events suggest that he asks a lot of us.
Matthew 16:24 / Luke 9:23 / Mark 8:34
If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his
One problem this site is suffering from lately is a lack of +1's. I think reputation on the site is pretty important and it gives some air of credibility to users who know the ropes and are good askers or answerers. The purpose of the reputation system on the site is just gamification, not to lord it over people or anything.
The site hasn't been +1'ing ...
If anyone actually feels that their gaining of reputation on this site is feeding sin in their lives, there is a simple solution for that individual: they can mark all of their posts "community wiki". This means they won't get any reputation for their posts, although the rest of the system will continue as it is.