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This answer was deleted (although I'm not exactly sure why...):

A great answer to a question

Anyway, that's not why I'm asking this. I was wondering if a mod could tell me why this answer, which had a negative score, caused me to lose reputation when it was deleted. Logic would dictate that when a negatively scored post gets removed, your rep should increase by that amount. Am I missing something?

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Maybe you get a couple of upvotes that result in a net reputation increase. An upvote is worth 10 points while a downvote is worth -2 points. A negatively scored post might just earn you some reputation points. That's why some people hate sympathy upvotes. – Antony Dec 31 '13 at 1:50
That's why I was asking a mod. I lost 70 points on it, I'm not even sure what the math could be. It ended up with a -5 score. So, 10 upvotes and 15 downvotes? – Johnny Bones Dec 31 '13 at 1:54
Yes. That's what it was. – Rosinante Dec 31 '13 at 2:16
BTW--It doesn't take a moderator. ANy user who can see then answer and has 1000 rep can click on the score to see the breakdown. Try it on this question. – dmckee Dec 31 '13 at 2:50

Upvotes are weighted a lot heavier than downvotes are. So as the offsetting votes build, the more deceptive the net reputation affect can be.

Consider a post with +5,-8. This will look like -3 at first glance. But it is really giving +50, -16 reputation, a net of 34. Or, as you just mentioned in a comment, +10,-15 netting 70 reputation. I am not 10k on meta so I cannot see your deleted post. If it were recently deleted, you may be able to expand the vote count and check for yourself since it was your post.

I would guess that the balance of up and downvotes is what led to your losing rep from the answer being deleted.

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I'm fairly sure you mean that "Upvotes are weighted a lot heavier than downvotes are." – Michael Hampton Dec 31 '13 at 3:57
@MichaelHampton - Haha, yes that is what I meant. Thanks for catching that :) – Travis J Dec 31 '13 at 4:36

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