# Why exist users with negative reputation?

Looking at the list of users, if one goes to the final page, one notices that there is people with negative reputation. Why they have negative reputation? Isn't "$1$" the minimum a user could have of reputation?

• I guess you're looking at the ratings over the last week/month/quarter/year, not the all-time ratings. It's entirely possible to lose reputation during such a period (bounties are a method to lose large amounts of reputation that won't quickly be compensated unless one has high activity). – Daniel Fischer Nov 17 '16 at 19:19
• You're right, I didn't notice. Thanks! (Should I delete the question?) – iam_agf Nov 17 '16 at 19:21
• Or retag as support. Somebody else might have the same confusion. – Daniel Fischer Nov 17 '16 at 19:23
• Reminds me of the story about the guy with such a negative personality that when he entered a room, people would look around and ask, "Who just left?" – Gerry Myerson Nov 17 '16 at 22:33