With regards to Shog's post about Reputation and Historical Archives and the part about retaining reputation earned from deleted posts that have a score of 3 or better and were visible on the site for 60 days, does this also apply to self-deleted posts and will it continue to do so?

I culled a few of my own answers over the weekend that were less than stellar, and my reputation dropped 1.8k, but the rep is back today after the changes were announced.

I thought it would be useful to clarify that this also applies to self-deleted stuff.

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I obviously can't provide an official response, but the way I read the blog post, yes, this does apply to self-deleted posts.

Note the following paragraph under the first point (emphasis added):

In fast-changing professions, there should be no shame in contributing valuable information just because it eventually goes out of date – and there shouldn’t be a penalty for deleting it when it does. Naturally, editing to bring an answer up-to-date is preferable – but if someone else already posted a good answer with current information, you should be able to remove yours and keep the reward for the time it was useful.

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    This is the answer. And this is specifically the reason why I was Ok with this (fairly drastic) change to how reputation works.
    – Shog9
    Mar 6, 2012 at 4:00

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