I looked at my reputation history and saw that I lost -2 rep with the explanation User was removed. I searched around and found this question.

But then, something doesn't fit in. According to FAQ up-votes of any kind can give me rep by multiples of 5 - but I lost 2 rep. How?

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    Probably you edited some post and the post associated with that user is also removed? Some other (far-fetched) possibilities are you are upvoted to question once and you downvote that user 3 times, OR you got upvote to question once and you downvote that user once and that user downvote you once.
    – nhahtdh
    Oct 9, 2012 at 8:54
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    What @nhahtdh said, when a post you had suggested an edit on is deleted, you lose the rep for it. Typically posts aren't deleted when an account is deleted, but it happens on occasion.
    – yannis
    Oct 9, 2012 at 8:56
  • @nhahtdh, right. Missed the 'edit' part.
    – JNF
    Oct 9, 2012 at 8:56
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    Look man, an upside down 5 is just a 2. 2+5=7. And 7 is a magic number. 6 is the number in half a dozen donuts. So clearly, buy a donut, then things will be better.
    – bobobobo
    Oct 9, 2012 at 17:42
  • @jonsca Uhh.. just chuck it. Anyway the question is closed. Oct 10, 2012 at 17:29
  • @YatharthROCK I fixed it and accepted it, no worries.
    – jonsca
    Oct 10, 2012 at 17:29

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Here are the possibilities I can think of:-

  • You accepted an answer but the posts owner got deleted and so did his/her posts (which is rare, normally ownership is transferred to Community), rolling back your +2 rep;

  • You edited a post and the OP's account was deleted, rolling back your +2 rep (thanks to @nhahdth's comment;

  • A user who had upvoted 1 answer or 2 questions and downvoted 4 posts (i.e., questions or answers) had his account deleted (see this JSFiddle to calculate more combinations);

  • Correct on #2, a suggested edit approval was the cause here. Oct 10, 2012 at 11:48
  • @NickCraver Oh... but what;s the justification behind it? The user contributed good and deserved his 2 rep, didn't he? Just b'coz you have no use of his/her edits, doesn't mean you take back your 2 rep. And why are the posts of a deleted user also deleted? Why not just transferred to Community? Sorry if I'm rude, but just my 2c... Oct 10, 2012 at 13:03
  • Posts by a user are not typically deleted, that's a special button for spam users. Votes by the user are deleted, since many delete cases are sock puppet gaming. Oct 10, 2012 at 15:49
  • @NickCraver I looked at JNF's rep history and the only time his rep was lost due to a user being removed was on Aug 5 and he lost 5 rep, not 2. WTH is going on here? Oct 10, 2012 at 16:17
  • He's actually talking about his Stack Overflow (not meta) profile, it's a bad link in the question. Oct 10, 2012 at 16:18
  • @NickCraver That was me. Fixed it now. Oct 10, 2012 at 16:23

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