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I have a really random question. When somebody starts using Ask Ubuntu, they start with 1 reputation. According to the "privileges" page, you must have at least 1 reputation to create a post. If, for instance, a new user creates his/her first post, and it gets a downvote, would they loose the right to post questions?

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No, the minimum rep is and will always be 1 no matter what, that is the minimum necessary to ask a question and will be the minimum for a user after reputation recalculation.

If a user drops bellow 1 the system will compensate for that and after a recalculation it will be back to 1.

There are several reasons for that already discussed in Stack Exchange meta, have a look:

  • Thanks. I was just really curious. Again, thanks!! – rocket101 Mar 8 '12 at 23:15
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Not how you mentioned above, however moderators can impose a question ban, or can suspend you so you can answer questions/edit etc, but can't ask questions.

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