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If I delete my question with some up-votes, what will be the effect of this on my reputation? Please don't answer with "Why should you delete a question with up-votes?". I just want to know the SO system.

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Note that if there are good answers you may not be able to delete it. –  Marc Gravell Jan 18 '10 at 8:59

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At the first reputation recalc that occurs you lose all rep from deleted posts with upvotes and you gain all points lost through downvotes on the deleted posts.

I've only had one rep recalc in about 6 months, so results may vary. You might not see a rep hit for quite some time. But take into account, you will lose all rep received from deleted upvotes eventually.

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does this mean one should actively delete all your downvoted questions? (even if you thought they were pretty good questions anyway). Just to get some extra rep? I always thought: I'll leave everything, as to not 'alter history'. But maybe, cleansing the system of bad questions is more sound –  Toad Jan 18 '10 at 10:19
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It's good to cleanse the system of bad posts every now and then. If you feel they're worth anything, you could leave them. I personally delete most of the stuff that's bad from my own answers; it's not about the rep, I simply believe they generate noise and don't bring anything to the question) –  alex Jan 18 '10 at 11:06

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