Now and then I get a downvote that shows up in "recent achievements". I go to the associated question, and there are no downvotes shown at all, on answers or comments. What am I missing?

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    $\begingroup$ Can you give an example? $\endgroup$
    – ACuriousMind Mod
    Aug 23, 2018 at 15:34
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps a downvoter removed the downvote again within 5 minutes before the vote was locked? $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic Mod
    Aug 23, 2018 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ Would the downvote stay on the record? This is the link: physics.stackexchange.com/q/407845. I've seen this before, and wonder if it's a glitch in the system. $\endgroup$
    – S. McGrew
    Aug 23, 2018 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ Does the downvote show up on your profile's Reputation tab? $\endgroup$ Aug 23, 2018 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ I assume the Reputation tab is the cup with the star on it. What shows is that yesterday I received -15 reputation points for Heterodyne Optical Detection. physics.stackexchange.com/q/407845. When I go there, no downvotes are indicated for the question, for any answers, or for any comments. Maybe I'm overlooking something-- $\endgroup$
    – S. McGrew
    Aug 23, 2018 at 23:53
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    $\begingroup$ A downvote will be -2, not -15. This question makes me think you’ve been fortunate enough to have never received a single downvote! $\endgroup$
    – knzhou
    Aug 24, 2018 at 6:28
  • $\begingroup$ @S.McGrew No - I mean in your actual user profile, then clicking Reputation to get here. All events that impact on your rep are shown there. If a downvote originally showed in the Achievements dropdown (the cup on top right) but it doesn't show in your profile, it was almost certainly retracted within 5 minutes. $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 10:01
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    $\begingroup$ Ah- What happened was an "unaccept". I didn't know that could be done. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – S. McGrew
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:58

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As shown on your reputation tab, the user unaccepted your answer, causing you to lose 15 rep from the accept bonus.

For the record:

  • You posted the answer on May 24
  • OP accepted your answer on May 30 accepted
  • OP unaccepted your answer on August 22 unaccepted
  • $\begingroup$ Hmmmm. This is the kind of situation where you'd normally turn to the question timeline or the answer's, but unfortunately the timeline view is limited when it comes to un-accepts and re-accepts. $\endgroup$ Aug 24, 2018 at 9:59
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    $\begingroup$ OMG it’s elephant 🐘 ! Welcome to physics.se have a tour ! $\endgroup$
    – Fawad
    Aug 24, 2018 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ @Fawad Here's why I hate that new contributor stuff. Andrew T. Has been on physics SE a bit and has posted several comments which I remember, yet he gets that new contributor because he hasn't posted certain kinds of content. Ah well. $\endgroup$
    – user191954
    Aug 24, 2018 at 16:22

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