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Do you lose your +2 edit rep if the edited post is subsequently deleted?

There was a time when I lost 2 reputation on SO (when I had around 2200 rep) but I didn't find any downvotes that could have caused it.

So I was wondering is it possible to lose 2 reputation earned by editing questions/answers before I got 2k reputation, when someone edits that question/answer again after I had more then 2k reputation?

I know that there are other explanations like "author just removed that edited post" or "it must be downvote, check again" but I am really interested in situation mentioned before.

  • @downvoter could you explain why -1?
    – Pshemo
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:22
  • See the faq; votes on MSO are different from the regular Stack Exchange websites. Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:28
  • @MartijnPieters Thank you for comment. I assume that downvote is kind of "no" answer :)
    – Pshemo
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:32
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    See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78147/… Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 10:31
  • @martinclayton Thank you for link, although I was more interested in after-edit than deleting post.
    – Pshemo
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 13:40
  • I don't think you lose rep if there is a subsequent edit. Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 13:50
  • @martinclayton I think you are right but I wont be 100% sure unless I see some edit that gave someone +2 and was edited again by someone else after that person had more than 2k reputation.
    – Pshemo
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 14:13
  • OK - find one you have +2 rep from, and I'll edit it for you. How about this one: stackoverflow.com/posts/11590709/revisions Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 14:21
  • @martinclayton If that is not problem then maybe this or this would be better (I am sure I got +2 for them)
    – Pshemo
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 14:36
  • I've edited both those posts. Your rep should have updated if it was going to, but to confirm, you can always recalc: stackoverflow.com/reputation?recalc=true Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 15:01
  • @martinclayton So my theory in question is false. I am so glad :D. Thank you for your help. Sorry for my late answer but I wasn't able to use Internet till now.
    – Pshemo
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 16:49

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Did you check the 'show removed posts' checkbox on your reputation page? It could be a post you edited was deleted. Not sure if that then means you lost the 2 rep for the suggested edit.

Whatever happened, it should be visible in your reputation history with the 'show removed posts' option checked.

  • Thank for solving that mystery. I thought that checking that option will only show me posts removed by me, didn't expect post removed by others.
    – Pshemo
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 12:39
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    @MartjinPieters: Shouldn't you gain back reputation for down voted post being deleted?
    – nhahtdh
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 13:00
  • @nhahtdh: entirely correct; removed that from the answer as I was incorrect there. Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 13:02
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    although it appears to not be the case here, unaccepting an answer to a question you asked would also result in the loss of 2 rep.
    – Servy
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 16:50

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