Why did I lose 100 reputation on Jan 9th?

When others do the same with a disclaimer:


On the GIS site, I am this user: https://gis.stackexchange.com/users/43169/jeryl-cook

It says "There were no net reputation changes on this day" , but -100 was applied.


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I was not one of the three users (two moderators) who cast or processed flags on your answer.

However, as a moderator I can confirm that these actions happened, as you can see below:

  1. Ordinary user cast a spam flag
  2. Moderator 1 declined the spam flag
  3. Moderator 2 cast a spam flag (which deleted your answer, and presumably led to the 100 point deduction)

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I can also see that you were contacted by the GIS moderators on 10 Oct 2015 about excessive self-promotion.

In this instance the question asked was:

how many (or which) zip codes map to more than one US state or US city?

Your answer appeared to be "here is how to use one zip code to find that particular zip code maps to two US states/cities". It therefore appears to answer a different and far simpler question, and acts largely as an advertisement for your API. Even disclosing your affiliation does not appear to have convinced two users (one a moderator) that your answer was not overt self-promotion.

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    Well i was told in 2015 I should add a disclaimer(saying i work for company) when answering a question which I did in 2018. But alright.
    – Jeryl Cook
    Apr 26, 2018 at 13:44
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    Was not my intention on being a spammer sorry. i found the email you wrote: "In your case one line along the bottom of each answer you give that involves your products to says something like this would cover off on it as an issue: "Disclaimer: I work for VanitySoft" Regards, PolyGeo
    – Jeryl Cook
    Apr 26, 2018 at 13:55

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