I recently put a 50 rep bounty on one of my questions, and today when I looked at the achievements menu item to the right of the "Stack Exchange" I saw a red -40 as one of the items. I know now that was simply due to the minus 50 rep bounty + two upvotes, but my first reaction was Gasp, why so many downvotes!?!?! It took me a couple minutes to make the connection.

The SE system seems to lump all rep gains and deductions together by Today, Yesterday, and Last 7 days. My question is, should bounty rep deductions appear in this manner? I do not see rep deducted/offered as a bounty as a bad thing--quite the opposite. However, semantically, the negative rep reflected in the Achievements area is a reflection of having bad questions or answers.

Am I the only one who feels this way? Would it perhaps be good to notate rep deductions due to bounties some way?

  • Yes, Recent Achievements is meant as a summary only when it comes to reputation. Detailed breakup of your rep can be found in the Reputation section of your profile's Activity page. On another note, where does it tell you that rep deducted as a bounty is a bad thing? It merely shows all deducted rep in red and all added rep in green, which I find perfectly consistent and making sense.
    – Andriy M
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:09
  • It semantics. A red negative in modern society is usually a bad thing. Probably 99% of the time. That is why it threw me for a loop for a few minutes
    – Jeff.Clark
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:20
  • Well, as far as the rep points are concerned, any deduction is bad, so there you are. You can see that the detailed Reputation page follows the same principle showing the values: all deductions are red, all additions green. Same with the reputation graph: the columns above the base line are green and below those below red. Colour scheme is consistent. In order to tell real bad deductions from good ones you just need to take a look at the detailed breakup to see what's what.
    – Andriy M
    Oct 7, 2016 at 20:51

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I'm OK with this appearing* in the Achievements list, but it would be nice if it showed a "Bounty Started" description (or something similar), instead of just a raw negative amount:


I do see how a sudden -50 might be momentarily concerning.

* On meta.SE: Ignore the rep change caused by placing bounties in the achievements reputation indicator

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