I have recently noticed that I lose some 2-10 reputation points every day (been going on for about a week). I disregarded it because it was a very small amount and I used to think that my edits would have been overwritten (I don't think this happens though). Today, I lost around 20.

Worried by this, I checked my reputation notifications – no sign of downvotes/negative reputations here. Then, I checked my reputation history – looking for reputation loss due to deletion of users' accounts – found none.

So here I am, looking for some reason. Why does this happen (mysteriously)? Is it because the community has decided to penalize me for any ill behavior? Or is there a different reason?

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    $\begingroup$ What to you see on your reputation tab? Do not forget to check the checkbox with "show removed posts". $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 25 '20 at 10:37
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak that explains it all! I never noticed that tiny little checkbox. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – DatBoi Nov 25 '20 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ I noticed that the reputation loss was due to deletion of closed posts by user Community. $\endgroup$ – DatBoi Nov 25 '20 at 10:41

You gained that reputation for suggesting edits in the past, but those posts have now been deleted (either by an automatic process or by trusted users) because they were low quality. In that case, you'll lose the +2 reputation from the suggested edit, because reputation is (generally) only gained from contributions which are still visible. For more details, see Do you lose your +2 edit rep if the edited post is subsequently deleted?

@MartinSleziak wrote a helpful Stack Exchange Data Explorer query and you can see from the first column that some of the posts no longer exist. Here is an example of such a post.

  • $\begingroup$ This is indeed a plausible explanation, considering small losses. However losing a bunch of them periodically seems fishy.... $\endgroup$ – DatBoi Nov 25 '20 at 9:53
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    $\begingroup$ Looking at the suggested edits by this user in SEDE, there are indeed some deleted posts. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 25 '20 at 10:42
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    $\begingroup$ It is probably not that important, but I'll just add that the SuggestedEdits table keeps the data also about deleted posts. At least that is what I gather from the above query restricted to deleted posts and similar query without the restriction on a single user. So I think that the claim that "they won't be visible there anymore" is not correct. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 25 '20 at 12:06
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Ah right, because it's actually some kind of review record. Thanks for spotting that (and for writing the query). $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Nov 25 '20 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ Nitpick: Why do I lose reputation points when a post is deleted? I might agree that it no longer contributes to the site. But it may help the OP, as in this case. $\endgroup$ – DatBoi Nov 25 '20 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ Because you also gain lost reputation back when a downvoted post is deleted. Symmetry for the win! There's one exception if the post is >60 days old and has a score of 3 or higher: meta.stackexchange.com/a/141682/295232 $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Nov 25 '20 at 13:52

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