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How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean?
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I have a question of mine, which I also answered.

I got the Self-Learner badge and a score of +4 on the answer (while the question got a -3).

I want to delete the question (since it is unfit for SO), will I lose the badge and reputation earned?

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marked as duplicate by animuson, Bo Persson, Bart, Rory, Mat Nov 14 '12 at 16:31

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Badges are forever, but the points are removed again.

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both the -3 and the +4? – Ofir Farchy Nov 14 '12 at 16:12
Scores are another story. They will be gone if the post is gone. – Bart Nov 14 '12 at 16:13
@OfirFarchy: You are confusing vote counts with reputation. If a question is deleted, the vote counts are just as invisible as the question. – Martijn Pieters Nov 14 '12 at 16:16
You are right, I am asking about reputation not vote-score, also edited the question. – Ofir Farchy Nov 14 '12 at 16:23
Not fully correct. If a question has net score of 3 or more and it existed for at least 60 days before being deleted, the reputation is preserved. I am a good test case myself, as you see there are "extra" 60 points from votes on a now deleted question of mine. – Shadow Wizard Nov 14 '12 at 16:23
@ShaWizDowArd: Golly, that's news to me. Where is that documented? How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? certainly doesn't mention that. – Martijn Pieters Nov 14 '12 at 16:26
@MartijnPieters: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/124799/… – Mat Nov 14 '12 at 16:32
@Mat: Ah, I missed that part of the blog post completely. The faq should be updated (I'll probably do that myself). – Martijn Pieters Nov 14 '12 at 16:39

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