Currently, under the "what is reputation?" help page, we have a list of 7 ways you can gain reputation, and 5 ways you can lose it (receive downvote to question, receive downvote to answer, give downvote, place bounty, be flagged as a spammer/offender).

Unfortunately, those 5 ways are not actually the only ways for someone to lose rep, as evidenced by several recent questions. Can we add a few more elements? Specifically:

  • accepted answer is un-accepted: -15
  • upvoted answer is un-upvoted: -10
  • upvoted question is un-upvoted: -5
  • post (question or answer) is deleted: lose all rep points gained from that post

Suggestions for wording on that last item are welcome. :-) Also, are there any other ways that I've missed?

  • Vote reversal is already mentioned, but the others could be too. You should really ask this on Meta Stack Exchange though. May 1, 2015 at 15:39
  • Yes, I agree with @curiousdannii, this should be asked on SE meta. You'll probably get faster answers too. As for the wording, as a newcomer I would not understand what the terms "un-accepted" "un-upvoted" etc mean. Probably ‘reversed upvote’ or ‘backtracked upvote’ would be clearer, but I realise it's wordier.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 1, 2015 at 20:41


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