OK, normally we don't comment on moderation actions, but given the scope of what happened (and, really, the fact that you all figured it out anyway), we thought a brief statement is in order.
For quite some time we've been investigating a pattern of fraudulent activity involving multiple accounts. When we deleted several accounts which were engaged in vote ...
I struggled with this too. It seems that it's due to a Chrome update. To undo this nonsense, type
in your URL bar and click 'Enable' on the Disable DirectWrite Windows option (4th from above). This fixed it, for me at least.
It may be necessary to close and reopen Chrome, or to visit chrome://restart on a new tab, to make this work.
Your first obstacle is that you need 1000 reputation points to create a new tag. If you think a tag is missing and don't have 1000 reputation points, you can suggest it in this meta post.
If you have 1000 reputation points, there might be another obstacle: Certain words are blacklisted, e.g. physics.
Returning to OP's specific question, a 'physics' tag would ...
I have to confess I did exactly the same (my apologies to DavidZ) with the same lack of effect. However I see Luboš is now on 100,026 so we have our first 100k user! Congratulations to Luboš (he said through gritted teeth :-).
Over a thousand questions were imported from the now-closed Astronomy and Theoretical Physics sites. We did this as quickly and unobtrusively as possible, but for a short while there simply were a huge number of new posts entering the site and the activity monitor reacted accordingly.
This is now completed, you should see no unusual activity... At least ...
You lose 1 point for downvoting an answer and none for downvoting a question. This is because downvoting hurts the post's owner. We want you to only downvote when you seriously believe it deserves it. We don't want people to downvote simply because they feel like it or don't like the author or don't like that they used "your" instead of "you're" somewhere in ...
I am afraid that, as usual, we can't comment on moderation actions.
I will echo tpg2114's comment that users are only ever removed because
They explicitly request it.
As a consequence of breaking the terms of service
The Meta StackExchange faq on the matter is What does “user was removed” mean and why did my reputation change because of it?
HDE 226868 ...
This is the expected behaviour.
If you have upvoted, then to clear your upvote click the upvote button again i.e. it acts as a toggle. If you click the downvote button it (a) undoes the upvote then (b) registers a downvote. Hence the -2 change.
What you're seeing is apparently noise from the mass imports from astronomy and theoretical physics.
What do you need to know about the upcoming mass migration?
From what you described apparently the mass import process was adding questions and then pulling them off the front page, instead of adding them in a way they never appeared there in the first ...
This is not a bug.
The gold badge privilege is described here as follows.
You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for.
You can instantly reopen any question closed as a duplicate that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for.
If a question has a tag where ...
Whoa, 1,741 votes removed! (How on Earth did they manage to upvote me the 1 rep point?)
I've noticed that over the last few weeks I've been getting lots of upvotes on old questions, and in her answer to Serial up- or down-voting reversed Gwen said she had been reading old questions and upvoting the ones she liked. I also note she's no longer a member, so ...
It appears that the question may have been the victim of an automated "bad question" reaper.
As I recall the qualification for automatic removal are
one month old
negative vote total on the question and
If it is not that I'm stumped as it does not appear to have been done by anyone (including Community who get the "credit" for closure due to ...
Tags are not meant to be interpreted as single English words, so it's not a violation of modern English usage. Rather, a tag is an example of a "slug," a condensed representation of a title or phrase used in a situation where a limited character set is allowed. The hyphen is the traditional word separator for slugs on websites.
Incidentally, the set of ...
Looking at your reputation history then 51 p comes from 100 p association bonus minus 50 p bounty plus 1 initial p, which do not count as points earned on Phys.SE.
So effectively you have earned 60 p - 51 p = 9 p on Phys.SE. So it seems that you indeed were blocked by the 10 p protection. See also this and this related meta posts.
You have been subjected to one of several automated bans that are active on the network. These bans are temporary, but we can't tell you how long they will last.
We can suggest that you follow and read the links in the message you get when you attempt to post a question.
I can tell you about any deleted question associated with your account if you wish, ...
If you click on the bronze bar, it shows that having a positive question record is the requirement you need to fulfull.
A full description of the requirements for the badge is available on Meta Stack Exchange. It includes the requirement for a positive question record:
A positive question record means you don't have too many closed, downvoted or ...
You would need to bring it's edited condition to the attention of the moderators. A flag would have done, but this post will do.
In the future a flag is preferred as there is no real reason to leave a public trail for this kind of day-to-day thing.
If you want to force a recalculation of your reputation, the reputation page at
will give you an exhaustive breakdown and force a recalc. I currently see your reputation at 2,010, so you're above that threshold, but as dmckee notes it is perfectly plausible for someone to have upvoted one of your answers, ...
Well, you got the badge retroactively today because we just implemented it today. See: Asking days badges for more details.
In the future, the badges will be awarded shortly after the criteria is met. Since the criteria involves votes and closed question and such, it might still be a while after asking your last question, however. Suppose you had 4 days of ...
There are two main concerns here:
Migrating questions to beta sites is strongly discouraged. This is mostly because beta sites are still in testing and there is no guarantee that they will succeed. Many of them do, but some (like Theoretical Physics) don't really generate enough traffic, questions, experts, and overall liveliness to make a sustainable ...
Adding 4 spaces to the beginning of a line makes it a code block.
Click 'edit' to see the four spaces before this line.
It is useful on the programming sites (e.g., StackOverflow) where there is syntax highlighting enabled on those (something we don't have/need here).
I've deleted those 4 spaces & the picture now appears.
Review pages only show close votes cast as part of the review process, and they do not show any votes cast independently, i.e. directly on the question page.
Typically, questions are put on the queue by a direct vote to close, so there is usually one more close vote than there are reviews. If more people vote independently of the queue, this difference can ...
This is an intentional feature, if you have ordering by votes selected (which is the default).
In this mode, answers with the same vote total are placed in a random order every time the page is accessed, which is supposed to prevent other factors (such as submission time) from biasing the voting.
If you have selected one of the other ordering modes, "...
That's the way the system works. You should have a look at the available help pages, e.g. this one:
You lose 2 points when someone downvotes one of your questions or answers and you lose 1 point when you downvote someone else's answer.
The sites are on the same network of sites -- the Stack Exchange network. Your accounts are linked network-wide as well; when you create a new account on another site using the same credentials; it gets added to your network account.
However, reputation doesn't add up. The communities on each site are separate, and so are the reputation values. Reputation ...