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?

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    $\begingroup$ 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). $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Nov 17 '16 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ You're right, I didn't notice. Thanks! (Should I delete the question?) $\endgroup$ – iam_agf Nov 17 '16 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ Or retag as support. Somebody else might have the same confusion. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Nov 17 '16 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ 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?" $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 17 '16 at 22:33

One cannot have negative total reputation, but one can of course lose reputation during a set time period. Bounties are a popular method for such reputation losses. In the reputation leagues for a fixed time period (the last week/month/quarter/year), the reputation change during that period is listed. In the all-time reputation league, the current total reputation is listed, and that is never below 1.


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