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What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean?
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How do Deleted Posts affect rep?

I have been wondering, if I delete my own answer or question, will I lose reputation since it is being deleted?


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If you had gained or lost rep on a question or answer and then you delete it, nothing will change until your reputation is recalculated. Then it will be like the question or answer never existed.

You can do your own reputation recalc by going to /reputation for your site.

  • Thanks, but I meant if it was an answer with no down votes and no up votes. Would I still loose reputation?
    – Nathan
    Aug 11, 2011 at 6:47
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    No, no votes, no rep. But if you do it a whole bunch, then you might trigger the posting ban. Aug 11, 2011 at 6:53
  • Okay, thanks! I wont delete that much - I just wanted to make sure.
    – Nathan
    Aug 11, 2011 at 7:39
  • @Nathan: The only thing you have to watch out for is that you don't delete a whole bunch of your questions within a short period of time. Deleting a couple of questions, though, will not cost you any reputation (as Lance already pointed out). Aug 11, 2011 at 12:06
  • I had posted an answer, but I removed as it was not the relevant and had no point leaving it there when I understood the quetion needs answers with better calibration. So I removed the answer. And it had no downvotes. Then I noticed -6 reputatinos has gone out of my rep total. So just wondering what just happened...
    – bonCodigo
    Nov 27, 2012 at 4:15
  • @bonCodigo, check your reputation summary in your user profile, it usually gives all the details. Nov 27, 2012 at 17:30
  • Thanks Lance. But this -6 is no where to be found. But anyway I am not worried. I would worry if it was anything above 10 ;)
    – bonCodigo
    Nov 27, 2012 at 17:33
  • I wrote an answer I want to delete, but it gave me enough rep to vote up the better answer. If I delete, does she lose that vote? Dec 26, 2014 at 19:08

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