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What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean?

Can I delete answer with upvote(s) which had given to somebody else's question? Am I going to lose the reputation, I got due to the upvote ?

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marked as duplicate by Shog9 Jun 18 '12 at 5:13

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You can delete your answer only if it is not an accepted answer. Deleting the answer will also reset the reputation you earn/loose from the upvotes/downvotes.

If your answer has 3 voteups then you may get Disciplined badge for deleting such answer, same as deleting answer with -3 votes can give you Peer Pressure badge.

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And when that downvoted answer gets deleted, you would get those reputation back. Oh, look, I've got a peer pressure badge! :P – user188035 Jun 18 '12 at 3:21
    
@ChrisK: I actually thought that same thing when they recently improved the turnaround time for reputation re-calculation. Still, earning that badge involves giving a bad answer. If someone wants a simple bronze badge that badly then I guess they can just post a nonsense answer to get it. Personally I think that price is too high, even if the rep is immediately returned. – David Jun 18 '12 at 10:46
    
Well, it's properly earned if the intent was there. In my case, my lesson was to never try and help with java-anything in the future. They're mean, elitist, snobby people. – user188035 Jun 18 '12 at 17:22

You can delete any answers you post, and any reputation associated with those posts will also be removed from your account.

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