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I noticed that I lost 40 reputation points on Stack Overflow today. I checked my reputation history and this is the reason it gave me:

-10 19 mins ago removed User was removed

-30 19 mins ago removed Where is Visual Studio Express?

I did answer a question about where Visual Studio was located about a week or so ago, but I can't find it now.

I'm guessing that the original person who asked the question deleted his account and so all his questions got deleted as well, but why remove the reputation on the answer?

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marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Mołot, Lance Roberts, Josh Crozier, ɥʇǝS Jan 14 '14 at 19:05

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

10k+ link to the question:… – Martijn Pieters Jan 14 '14 at 16:34
This should be common sense, it explains "User was removed" which means that any up-votes that user gave something of yours have also been deleted, therefore voiding the rep you gained from it. – Jerry Dodge Jan 18 '14 at 0:51

The user itself voted on your answer, and the +10 you received for that post is now gone with the user.

In addition, with the question (and your answer to it) now gone, you lost the +30 you received for the other votes on your answer.

The question was auto-deleted when the user was deleted, because it had a negative score (-6).

You always lose the reputation previously gained from deleted posts; with an exception for posts over 6 months old and a score of 3 or more. Your post had a score of 4 but was not old enough.

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You might want to mention that rep is lost only if the question is deleted within the first 60 days of it being posted. I believe that is the period. You may need to verify. – Josh Mein Jan 14 '14 at 16:32
@JoshMein: That's correct, but less pertinent here. – Martijn Pieters Jan 14 '14 at 16:33
If you notice the last sentence, he is asking why the reputation was removed. It seems like it is pertinent. He seems to know that the question was deleted. – Josh Mein Jan 14 '14 at 16:34
@MartijnPieters While that question wasn't a big deal, I would have been mad if it was a question that I spent a lot of time working on the answer. Thanks for your quick response. – Caesar Jan 14 '14 at 16:38
@Caesar: That's always the risk when answering questions that really are off-topic or of terrible quality. – Martijn Pieters Jan 14 '14 at 16:39
@MartijnPieters While the question could have been terrible, the answer was good and a few up voted it so why punish the answerer a well? – Caesar Jan 14 '14 at 16:43
@Caesar: You could try to convince a moderator to undelete the post, but I wouldn't hold your breath. – Martijn Pieters Jan 14 '14 at 16:46
@Caesar: As for why this happens: because there are plenty of ways of abusing the system and by defaulting to deletion-deletes-votes-too you get to remove a big incentive to posting crap content just for the votes on the funny meme picture you happened to include. – Martijn Pieters Jan 14 '14 at 16:47
@MartijnPieters I have never seen an answer on SO that had a joke or a meme that had any votes on it. This site is very strict and people are very harsh, even when the answer is partially correct. Besides, if someone does do that then they should be down voted. – Caesar Jan 14 '14 at 16:51
@Caesar: See Dealing with "Find out who's going to buy the croissants" for an example that went to +53 before finally deleted. – Martijn Pieters Jan 14 '14 at 16:53
@Caesar - That means that these sorts of rules are working. :) – JDB Jan 18 '14 at 0:52

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