Just curious if reputation points for a user can ever go negative?


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    Sometimes, I wish.
    – MDMarra
    Dec 18, 2012 at 21:16

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No, reputation can't go negative, the reason being that people who get off to a poor start shouldn't have a mountain to climb so the lower bound for rep is 1.

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    Interestingly the FAQ doesn't seem to cover this, but yes - No matter how much of a git someone is (even to the point of a moderator suspending them) an account will never have reputation less than 1.
    – voretaq7
    Dec 18, 2012 at 21:01
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    Considering that it takes five downvotes to counter the reputation effect of a single answer upvote, I'd figure that anyone at risk of negative rep most likely deserves it.
    – Skyhawk
    Dec 22, 2012 at 14:06
  • People with poor start can't even ask questions anymore and don't know enough to answer anything.
    – user4234
    Dec 27, 2012 at 12:27
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    @SharenEayrs: Everyone who is working as a professional sysadmin should have some skills which would allow them to answer some questions and get themselves out of a question ban.
    – user9517
    Dec 28, 2012 at 9:12

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