Lets say someone works hard and asks on-topic questions to gain a high reputation, then when they achieve that, they troll around the whole site. Can they lose reputation because of this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ What are your plans? Is this a warning? ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 6:36

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The answer is "Yes". The negative rep from downvotes goes straight into your rep.

Nonetheless, given that a downvote is -2 whereas an upvote is +10 (answer) /+5 (question) /+15 (accept) it takes much longer to loose all that rep than to gain it. Almost certainly you'll just be banned before you get down to 1. For an example, see this question.

One note: on [ee.meta] there is no reputation separate from [ee.se]. The same is not true of [so.meta], which has its own rep, being kind of the ubermeta for all stackexchange sites.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd like to add that one cannot have a negative/zero reputation. New users start with 1, when they get downvotes, they do not loose their 1 rep. \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 6:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Don't forget bounties. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phil Frost
    Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 17:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Of course skyler wouldn't know that because he's never been dowvoted on anything. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kaz
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 17:28

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