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According to the blog:

[I]f you've contributed something worthwhile to the site, you should keep the reputation for that even if it eventually gets deleted. "Worthwhile" here is defined as,

  • A score of 3 or greater
  • Visible on the site for at least 60 days

"Visible" seems a little loose, and I'm wondering if that's what was meant. I could ask a "great" off-topic question that gets closed the same day, and if it's not deleted within two months then I get to keep all the rep from it.

In contrast, the posts that (I believe) we're targeting with this are questions that were formerly accepted, and through a lot of participation got some content considered valuable. Most would have been open for at least 60 days, I would guess.

I wouldn't want to mess up rep from any of those classic posts, but it seems that the "visible" criterion would allow rep gain from off-topic/bad questions to continue indefinitely, so I think it should be tightened up a bit. There must be some way to distinguish between rep-worthy deleted questions and questions that simply weren't deleted fast enough, right?

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I'm guessing that it really means "60 days or more since asked, not currently deleted." Any other definition would be a nightmare to program. –  Robert Harvey Mar 6 '12 at 18:29
    
@RobertHarvey We're talking specifically about things that are deleted. You keep your rep anyways if it's not deleted so it would be a non-issue. –  Matthew Read Mar 6 '12 at 18:41
    
The rep change would have to be evaluated at the moment the question is deleted, but I see your point. –  Robert Harvey Mar 6 '12 at 18:45
    
@RobertHarvey Ah, I see what you're saying now as well. I'm not sure anything else would be a nightmare ... for example, ">30 days old before first closure (if any)" would be more compllicated but probably not too bad. Not sure if that particular example would address my concerns well, but it's just an example ;) –  Matthew Read Mar 6 '12 at 18:54
    
I assumed you asked the question because the statement "Visible on the site for at least 60 days" doesn't preclude the possibility of counting the number of days that a question is actually visible on the site (i.e. not deleted), which makes it a disputed question, essentially. –  Robert Harvey Mar 6 '12 at 18:56
    
@MatthewRead While you're at it can you ask to clarify what happens to self-deleted posts. –  Some Helpful Commenter Mar 6 '12 at 20:02
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@MatthewRead - it'd be a nightmare, trust me on this one. –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 20:03
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Along with the possibility of "lifetime total of 60 days" rather than "60 consecutive days from time of posting", it's also possible for "score of 3" to mean either "hit +3 at some point during its existence" or ">= +3 at the moment the last delete vote is cast". The latter seems more likely, but precision might be good here. /cc @Robert –  Josh Caswell Mar 6 '12 at 20:04
    
@NickCraver You're the man. Is there no (easy) way to distinguish between rep-worthy questions and not-deleted-fast-enough questions, though? –  Matthew Read Mar 6 '12 at 20:13
    
@MatthewRead - you have to keep in mind that the recalc has to be very efficient on the database side, since it runs millions of times when a recalc works - pulling in extra tables is a huge database load factor, as we run dozens of recalc threads simultaneously from the web tier against the DB servers at once. That and the code is very, very complicated (even after a very significant simplification pass the other day). When you really think about every corner case rep has, you can imagine the code to handle all of them. –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 20:16
    
@NickCraver Sure. I guess I'm concerned that too many deleted posts will fit this criteria, effectively giving people a reason to participate in off-topic/not-constructive posts in the hopes that they'll live for at least 60 days. If that's the way we want to go I'm not going to argue with it, but I can't deny that it rubs me the wrong way when someone has a bunch of extra rep from stuff that needed to be deleted, without even the historical lock. –  Matthew Read Mar 6 '12 at 20:26
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@MatthewRead - these days it posts get downvoted/closed/deleted rather quickly (and we made deletion easier with this last pass - also on blog)...if that can't happen in 2 months and it managed to get a 3+ post, it got through every filter we have: voting up/down, voting to close/delete, flagging, moderation, everything. From what we've seen that's extremely unlikely in a question asked today, not with a score of 3 or higher. –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 20:29
    
@NickCraver That's fair enough. Thanks for taking the time to explain! –  Matthew Read Mar 6 '12 at 20:30
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@MatthewRead never mind about clarifing what happens to self-deleted posts. Its clear –  Some Helpful Commenter Mar 6 '12 at 20:31
    
related (not a duplicate): Deleted posts should not influence reputation –  gnat Sep 6 '13 at 18:13

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

The rules are as follows:

  • 60+ days must pass between when the post is created and when it is deleted for the rep to "stick"
  • The score must be 3 or higher at at the time the post was deleted (since the score can't change while it's deleted, that's the same as current score)
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when it is deleted -- The first time? –  Robert Harvey Mar 6 '12 at 20:17
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@RobertHarvey - the current deletion date, so the last time it was deleted –  Nick Craver Mar 6 '12 at 20:24
    
That makes sense. –  Robert Harvey Mar 6 '12 at 20:25
    
Is it retroactive? I had answered a question some months ago, (around May '11) and then around september the question received a DMCA takedown and was deleted with the answers)... Will I get back the points? –  xanatos Mar 7 '12 at 9:22
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@xanatos - yes, a reputation recalc for this has already been performed - as long as the post itself was around for 60 days (the CreationDate of the answer if it's an answer, not the question) and has score of 3+, it meets the criteria. –  Nick Craver Mar 7 '12 at 11:10
    
@NickCraver Just to be sure I checked in the old reputation-recalc page if the id of the answer was present and it was :-) :-) Thanks –  xanatos Mar 7 '12 at 11:23

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