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Recent Reputation History Changes

A question that I either answered or commented on at Stack Overflow was deleted and my reputation dropped 10 points. Why?

Since the question is deleted, I can't even look at what I wrote, so how can I improve?

  • On StackOverflow? The entire question Full Time Employee versus Contract Work? was closed as off topic and deleted. Not just your answer. – Martin Smith Mar 2 '12 at 17:51
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    You lost rep from an upvote. Deleted posts don't affect your rep at all, when the post is deleted any rep gained or lost is removed. – Ben Brocka Mar 2 '12 at 17:54
  • Wow, it seems very silly to be penalized in this way. How did I know the question was going to be deleted? – user132221 Mar 2 '12 at 18:01
  • @user132221 - You aren't penalised. The net effect is neutral. You gained a +10 earlier from the upvote and then have a -10 later when the delete cancels it out which adds up to zero. – Martin Smith Mar 2 '12 at 18:02
  • Ha, okay. Even this question got a -1. I'll be more judicious about interacting with the site. – user132221 Mar 2 '12 at 18:04
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    Not sure why you need to be "more judicious". An off-topic question was removed. You weren't penalized for that, you just can't earn reputation from something that is off-topic because then reputation would be meaningless. – Cody Gray Mar 2 '12 at 18:44
  • @Cody - I think he was talking about this question. He misunderstood events, and was belittled with down votes. Same happened here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/142194/…. Also see Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?. – user173448 Jan 13 '14 at 13:46

You can take a look at your reputation history and see the exact reason for the reputation change.

Looking at that page, you can see the change on Feb 22 where it shows the -10 due to a deleted post.

This activity being visible in your reputation history is a result of these recent changes.


I believe there certainly must be questions around but I didn't find any. Anyway, trying to be as simple as possible: if you post an answer (receiving upvotes/downvotes) on a question that gets deleted, your reputation will be restored as that question "never happened".

This was usually confirmed through a recalc, but from now on, it'll work a bit differently..

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