Lately I've noticed a strange bug-like behaviour of the site:

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As you can see, I was awarded +5 points for a question. However the little box on the top of the screen says that I've got +3.

I know it's not a particularly big flaw, but this has happened more often to me. Am I the only one who's having/has noticed this "problem". Or is there perhaps an explanation for this.

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    $\begingroup$ One thing that can happen is this: you are not notified when you loose points for some reason. Thus, if you have -2, say due to a down-vote, and later +5, then the change since the last increase will be shown, so +3. However, normally you should then see in the list this negative event too. I am thus not sure what exactly happens in your specific case. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ I think it is changes that are a result of posts being deleted that do not show up in that list. This also includes points gained from downvoted answers being deleted. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 17:10

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You lost two points for an approved edit suggestion when this question was deleted (by Community♦) earlier today, so your reputation change of $(+5) + (-2) = +3$ was indicated in the top bar.

If you check the "show removed posts" box at the bottom of the reputation tab of your profile, you should see a notification of such events there.

  • $\begingroup$ Wow, I never noticed that checkbox. That's awesome. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ One wonders why there is no notification of the change when it is negative. Only when the total becomes positive one is notified. This leads to strange behaviour, and consequently meta posts like this one. $\endgroup$
    – Lord_Farin
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Lord_Farin: I asked about that before. But probably in a comment. The reply was that the box is "positive" so it should only show positive changes. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 18:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Lord_Farin See here and here. Unfortunately, displaying negative reputation changes in the top bar has a firm status-declined :( $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 18:05

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