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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\$ – Keelan Apr 25 '13 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.

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  • \$\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\$ – Keelan Apr 25 '13 at 6:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ Don't forget bounties. \$\endgroup\$ – Phil Frost Apr 30 '13 at 17:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Of course skyler wouldn't know that because he's never been dowvoted on anything. \$\endgroup\$ – Kaz May 1 '13 at 17:28

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