1) Why do we even have a rep cap in the first place? Doesn't it deprive users of their hard-earned rep?
The rep cap is perhaps more important on larger sites, where questions and answers receive many more views and votes. On Chemistry, we have on average less traffic and less of a need for this.
However, the effect of the recent Hot Network Question (HNQ): ...
There was an issue in which some inappropriate voting was corrected.
Unfortunately, the user(s) abusing the system had voted for legitimately good questions as well (such as your own), so when the votes for these abusive accounts were deemed invalid, those that were potentially cast in earnest were lost as well.
I apologize to you and to anyone else who ...
This is, unfortunately, just how the system works: when an account is removed, so are the votes. This is probably not the last time you'll see this - fixing it would require some pretty massive changes to how voting (and user accounts) are implemented.
That said, we do have a system in place to preserve some votes when a high-ranking user is removed. As a ...
There's this Supernova user. I really don't like their avatar and I want to downvote everything they say. I don't care that's not a valid reason for voting and votes should only be on the content, not the user. The votes are all anonymous, so I should be fine, right?
Oh shucks. I lose 1 WHOLE rep for downvoting answers?! Oh no, I guess the downvoting spree ...
The benefit is that you draw attention to the question, which raises the chances of getting a (good) answer, and everybody gets to hopefully learn something about chemistry.
Will I get reputations if the post is liked by community?
A user can gain a maximum of 200 reputation per day. Reputation from accepts, association bonuses, and bounties are exempt from this cap.
This is outlined in the help centre:
You can earn a maximum of 200 reputation per day from any combination of the activities below. Bounty awards, accepted answers, and association bonuses are not subject to the daily ...
As a rule we do not comment on the specific details of such cases.
Suffice it to say that there were unnatural voting patterns - in this case serial upvoting, since you have lost reputation that came from upvotes. This is not proper: votes should be given for content, not the person writing them. As a result, the votes have been reversed. You may be able to ...
This answer seems to suggest there are no ads on Chemistry (except for the sidebar) and the privilege is therefore hidden:
The privilege exists everywhere. But on most sites, it's hidden and notifications for earning it are suppressed. Doesn't make much sense to tell folks about a privilege that doesn't actually do anything.
Here is another answer which ...
To make clear from the comments, we were previously a "beta" site, which has lower point totals required for different privilege levels.
We graduated, which gives us a shiny new design, and bunch of related features.
The new point totals required can be found here.
I just get -10 points of reputation flagged user was removed but there is no extra information about this event.
That's almost as much as I lost ;)
My reputation showed -440!
When answers and comments of the user who left us are still here for good reason since they were pretty good, helpful and showed a lot of enthusiasm, why are his votes treated ...
Users can request deletion (which is what happened here). Users are also forcefully deleted when they have no constructive contributions (spam) or are sockpuppets.
The posts are retained, but the votes are usually removed (there is some threshhold for vote retention, forgot what it was).
An unregistered account is simply an account that is not tied to any ...
Honestly, you aren't the only person shocked. I was too..
TBH, this began after I started playing around with deleting an answer and testing the delay in the rep recalculation taking place. I did it for a pretty long time. Checked the rep tables and I saw this. Checked multiple posts on Meta, both here and mother meta, nothing found.
After seeing this, I ...
Thanks to @santiago for pointing out the reason. The fives crept in because the answer was accepted and then later unaccepted for the -15. Strangely though, I didn't get a notification for being unaccepted - maybe this could be implemented.