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I downvoted an answer, and it was deleted.

Why don't (or shouldn't) I get the reputation back?

If I don't get it back right away, then how come the Community User owns that many downvotes?

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I think it is restored with rep recalcs, but can't recall for sure. –  Ian Elliott Jul 22 '09 at 16:38
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Hey, if you are talking about my answer...I'll undelete it, you can remove the downvote, and I'll re delete. Everybody wins. –  jjnguy Jul 22 '09 at 16:41
    
In this question: stackoverflow.com/questions/1166135/… –  jjnguy Jul 22 '09 at 16:42
    
P.S. My answer wasn't that bad...I was just mistaken. –  jjnguy Jul 22 '09 at 16:42
    
Yes, I am. –  SLaks Jul 22 '09 at 16:43
    
Well, it is back. :P I kinda feel like this is cheating, but I'm ok with it. –  jjnguy Jul 22 '09 at 16:44
    
Now we can pretend that that disaster of an answer never happened. –  jjnguy Jul 22 '09 at 16:45
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Glad we got to the bottom of that one! –  Ian Elliott Jul 22 '09 at 16:52
    
How far will some of you go for 1 point of reputation! There is something distinctly pavlovian about it. I have an image of dog biscuits in my mind for some reason.. –  user131831 Jul 22 '09 at 17:09
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@polyglot: Ah, sorry 'bout that - you probably don't remember, but when you were a kid i'd give you a biscuit every time someone mentioned "rep". –  Shog9 Jul 22 '09 at 17:26
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I want a round number of reputation (looks better) –  SLaks Jul 22 '09 at 19:00
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@SLaks: Just downvote another random answer! –  Georg Schölly Nov 30 '09 at 7:51
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up vote 5 down vote accepted

You will when your reputation is recalculated. But note, almost everyone loses rep overall when their rep is recalced because you also lose reputation gained from answers to now deleted questions.

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When does that happen? –  SLaks Jul 22 '09 at 16:40
    
@SLaks: have a look here meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7954/… –  squillman Jul 22 '09 at 16:44
    
Wow, I had no idea that rep was lost for deleted questions. –  Lance Roberts Jul 22 '09 at 16:49
    
I have no idea why rep is lost for deleted questions. Surely they're just archived in the DB really... –  bananakata Nov 30 '09 at 7:01
    
Any idea if the Community User claims the cast votes right away when a post is deleted? (See also Why has the Community user downvoted over 21000 times?) –  Arjan May 8 '10 at 11:37
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You will now get the reputation back within 5 minutes of the deletion. In this case we update the rep of those affected as part of a background job, this is part of the recent reputation changes.

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