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I looked at my reputation history and saw that I lost -2 rep with the explanation User was removed. I searched around and found this question.

But then, something doesn't fit in. According to FAQ up-votes of any kind can give me rep by multiples of 5 - but I lost 2 rep. How?

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marked as duplicate by animuson Nov 13 '13 at 15:09

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Probably you edited some post and the post associated with that user is also removed? Some other (far-fetched) possibilities are you are upvoted to question once and you downvote that user 3 times, OR you got upvote to question once and you downvote that user once and that user downvote you once. – nhahtdh Oct 9 '12 at 8:54
What @nhahtdh said, when a post you had suggested an edit on is deleted, you lose the rep for it. Typically posts aren't deleted when an account is deleted, but it happens on occasion. – Yannis Oct 9 '12 at 8:56
@nhahtdh, right. Missed the 'edit' part. – JNF Oct 9 '12 at 8:56
Look man, an upside down 5 is just a 2. 2+5=7. And 7 is a magic number. 6 is the number in half a dozen donuts. So clearly, buy a donut, then things will be better. – bobobobo Oct 9 '12 at 17:42
@jonsca Uhh.. just chuck it. Anyway the question is closed. – YatharthROCK Oct 10 '12 at 17:29
@YatharthROCK I fixed it and accepted it, no worries. – jonsca Oct 10 '12 at 17:29
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Here are the possibilities I can think of:-

  • You accepted an answer but the posts owner got deleted and so did his/her posts (which is rare, normally ownership is transferred to Community), rolling back your +2 rep;

  • You edited a post and the OP's account was deleted, rolling back your +2 rep (thanks to @nhahdth's comment;

  • A user who had upvoted 1 answer or 2 questions and downvoted 4 posts (i.e., questions or answers) had his account deleted (see this JSFiddle to calculate more combinations);

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Correct on #2, a suggested edit approval was the cause here. – Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 11:48
@NickCraver Oh... but what;s the justification behind it? The user contributed good and deserved his 2 rep, didn't he? Just b'coz you have no use of his/her edits, doesn't mean you take back your 2 rep. And why are the posts of a deleted user also deleted? Why not just transferred to Community? Sorry if I'm rude, but just my 2c... – YatharthROCK Oct 10 '12 at 13:03
Posts by a user are not typically deleted, that's a special button for spam users. Votes by the user are deleted, since many delete cases are sock puppet gaming. – Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 15:49
@NickCraver I looked at JNF's rep history and the only time his rep was lost due to a user being removed was on Aug 5 and he lost 5 rep, not 2. WTH is going on here? – YatharthROCK Oct 10 '12 at 16:17
He's actually talking about his Stack Overflow (not meta) profile, it's a bad link in the question. – Nick Craver Oct 10 '12 at 16:18
@NickCraver That was me. Fixed it now. – YatharthROCK Oct 10 '12 at 16:23

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