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Why would an answer receive less than +10 reputation from an upvote?

Congratulations! You have hit the daily reputation cap (200, that is). You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day from any combination of the activities below. Bounty awards, accepted answers, ...
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Is it because of insufficient reputations that "reopen" button under closed questions cannot be seen?

Yes, you need at least 250 reputation to see and cast close/reopen votes on your own questions and at least 3000 reputation to do so on any question. This is a screenshot I took of one of my questions ...
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Why do I have so much increase in reputation all of a sudden?

This is the Association Bonus, which is given to all your associated accounts when you reach 200 points on one of them. You can get to your reputation changes from your user profile page: click on ...
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Why did I get downvotes on my answer, while a similar late answer got upvotes?

The two downvotes (so far) on the OP's submitted answer were probably from users who had not read the post carefully, they probably thought the first suggestion, peep show, was "bad", or "incorrect", ...
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How do I gain reputation so I can participate more?

That's not quite how reputation works. Voting for other people's answers (and questions) gives those people reputation (except on meta). Also, nobody gets reputation from comments, even when they are ...
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Why doesn't the reputation increase for upvotes on comments?

Help center explains a lot about comments, and is a must read. Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do not ...
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Deleting answers with a positive rep balance

As the comments above suggest, your answer was flagged as low-quality and therefore removed by the community (or by a moderator, perhaps. See why). I recall that I had posted a comment asking you to ...
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10 votes
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Why could a 2 reputation user complete a review exercise?

Because it was a review of a suggested edit on their own post, something the post's owner has a binding vote on.
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10 votes
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Why is my reputation getting smaller?

There is no automatic rep loss when you reach a certain rep. There is no rep loss when you get flags declined. You did receive 2 downvotes today (23/1/18) as seen on your reputation history. Perhaps ...
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Why can edits to a closed question be rejected as "should have been written as a comment or an answer"?

A one line, low effort question should not be reopened. Even if the author was still engaged with the site, they shouldn't be rewarded for the extensive rewrite needed to salvage it unless they did ...
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I just lost 15 in one go – a fine?

It is probably due to your answer on "Should I use 'which' or 'that'?" having been accepted by the asker, and then un-accepted. An Accepted answer gives 15 points.
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Why does reputation increase by 1?

Your reputation may increase by 1 if an answer you downvoted is deleted. You can see all the individual events that affected your reputation by going to your Profile->Activity->Reputation.
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Why did I get downvotes on my answer, while a similar late answer got upvotes?

Nobody knows why driveby downvoters vote the way they do because they leave no indication of their thinking. These people are a curse and a plague on this site because they either leave the OP no ...
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How do users with huge reputations acquire them?

Very few high reputations at EL&U are built on what amount to slot-machine jackpots. Indeed, the 200-point daily limit for reputation is designed to prevent someone from gaining many hundreds of ...
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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

Let me turn this around and ask: what impact does the existing -1 penalty for downvoting an answer have on user behaviour? Well, for a high-rep user who might be accruing (say) 3 upvotes a week from ...
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Accepted an answer but didn't receive the two reputation award

You received 2 reputation points by accepting the answer to your question but someone downvoted your post and you got -2 so it didn't show up (i.e. +2 -2 = 0). Your initial reputation was 101 then you ...
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Does deleting former posts add reputation?

Deleting posts which have a negative score and which have attracted a penalty thereby should restore the reputation lost. It's a little more complicated than that, because all votes are reversed. An ...
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What is the purpose of reputation on ELU?

NVZ's answer is correct and based on the principles of Stack Exchange, but my thoughts are too long to post in comments, so I'll add them as an answer. Let's face it, earning reputation is fun. As ...
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My reputation has dropped 400 points all of a sudden. Can anyone tell me why?

A couple of questions were deleted. I've undeleted them for the moment as there is nothing immediately obvious to indicate why they were deleted. If something is drawn to moderators’ attention, or ...
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Any way of filtering questions by user rep? If not, why not?

I tried to create a data.SE query to get this for you: Questions by users with high rep I arbitrarily chose the most recent 20, and rep >= 20,000.
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Comment Everywhere at 49 Reputation bug?

You probably down-voted answers right after you reached 50 points, or you got some of your posts down-voted. Once the system notifies you about a new privilege, there isn't any way to remove the ...
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+2 at a rep cost

I don't understand why you want (or need) more than one vote. As @Lego Stormtrooper stated, you can always raise awareness (significantly) by offering a bounty on a question you like. If you think a ...
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What is the purpose of reputation on ELU?

Well, you know, the help center says: Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you; it is earned by convincing your peers that you know what you’re talking about. And ...
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Shouldn't we lose 1 rep for downvoting questions?

We don’t need more LQQs. We need fewer. The best way to deprioritize the ones we get, and preempt getting any new ones is to downvote them. Consistently.
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Why can edits to a closed question be rejected as "should have been written as a comment or an answer"?

A question somewhat similar to the ethernet vs. Ethernet question that piqued your interest popped up ages ago in connection with the World Wide Web words internet/Internet and web/Web. See Should the ...
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If you give a bounty, can you earn it back without counting toward the daily rep limit?

No, the maximum reputation you can ever earn for upvotes in a day is always capped at 200. It doesn’t matter whether you have lost reputation because of starting a bounty, or because people have ...
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What is the purpose of reputation on ELU?

One very important reason we have reputation points is to spend them. There are two main ways to spend them: bounties, and downvoting bad answers. With 15.2K rep you could give a prize to over 300 ...
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Why upvotes for questions in this meta site not added to reputation?

Only one meta site has the reputation system; Meta Stack Exchange. There is no main Q&A site in that case. That is, simply stackexchange.com is not for questions and answers, but meta....
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Why doesn't the reputation increase for upvotes on comments?

Many comments that are not helpful to understanding the question get upvotes because they are funny or clever. If comments contributed to reputation, every comment with upvotes above the threshhold ...
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