Since the start of the Private Beta, I've received upvotes on comments and answers. I've also placed upvotes and downvotes. Still, my profile shows no reputation changes.

I see that other members have plenty of reputation changes registered within the last 12 or so hours.

Can anybody help me understand what's going on?

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It looks like you've answered one question, and it was here on meta. Votes on site-specific metas have no effect on reputation. Comment upvotes give no reputation.

A recent change has made question down-votes are free. This is true for SO and MSO as well.

For lots of details on what gives reputation, see this meta question: How does “Reputation” work?

  • So, this is different from other sites on Stack Exchange? I've downvoted a question on the main site. Should that not trigger a reputation decrease?
    – teylyn
    May 25, 2011 at 8:36
  • @teylyn: Didn't notice that; I've added the explanation to my answer. Try downvoting an answer.
    – Tim
    May 25, 2011 at 8:47
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    Oh, I see. Also, in the meantime, I've received an upvote on an answer and it reflects in my rep. So this is a free-for-all downvoting spree???? <evil grin> [just joking!]
    – teylyn
    May 25, 2011 at 8:55
  • @teylyn: If I remember well, downvotes on questions are free but not on answers... I'm not 100% sure though, there was a similar discussion on English EL&U.
    – Alenanno
    May 25, 2011 at 8:58

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