I looked up the user fez, and here is what the page showed:

fez is shown with -202 reputation

But when I clicked on it, fez's user page showed what seemed like the correct reputation (5,000 something).

Update: When I look it up again, it shows up the correct rep and all their badges and stuff. Why did it originally show -202 with no badges?

  • They gave a bounty?
    – Adamant
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 1:01
  • @Adamant - That can't possibly cause someone to go into the negatives, can it?
    – user112267
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 1:02
  • Adamant's answer below is obviously correct but it's worth noting that a user's reputation can't drop below 1 so if you ever see negative rep you're almost certainly not looking at total rep but rep over a period of time.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 8:04
  • @TheLethalCarrot - Right, I knew that rep couldn't drop below one. That's why I was very confused. Thanks, all!
    – user112267
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 13:26

1 Answer 1


You're looking at the reputation of the users in this calendar month, August. Since this user gave a bounty, their reputation in the last month has fallen.

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Due to the numbers, it's evident that they probably gave a 200 reputation bounty (on this) and got one downvote.

  • Ohh! Thanks a bunch for this information! I thought I was looking at total rep there...
    – user112267
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 1:35

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