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What does “user was removed” mean and why did my reputation change because of it?

I just lost points for no reason - some user gave me (probably) 15 downvotes, aka -30 points. "Same s**t, different day", described in this question.

I know how I lost my points, it is very well described in the question linked above. I want to know, whether or not there is any way how to get my points back?

marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Bo Persson, ChrisF, yannis, hims056 Dec 3 '12 at 9:32

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No, those points are gone.

When a user is removed, all their actions (including votes) are deleted too. The points you lost were not downvotes, they were points given to you earlier by votes by that user. Perhaps that user had upvoted 3 of your answers (3 * 10 points makes 30).

If that user had downvoted your posts (15 downvotes in total), you would now have regained those points instead when the user is deleted.

(Note that that many downvotes usually are already undone when the anti-serial-voting script is run).

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    Thank you for your answer. I don't understand why this question got closed? I didn't ask what happened, mentioned in question I PERSONALLY linked to it. I asked if it can be reverted. That I didn't find in the question linked. – Michal Dec 3 '12 at 9:35
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    @Michal I disagree that he didn't answer your question. When a user is removed, all of their voting actions (specifically upvotes & downvotes) are removed with that user. There is no way to replace those points, it is more like they never exisited – psubsee2003 Dec 3 '12 at 10:32
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    @Michal: First sentence of my answer: "No, those points are gone.". The point loss can not be reverted. – Martijn Pieters Dec 3 '12 at 10:48
  • No no no, you answered my question perfectly, I already said thank you for that. I am saying, that I feel that this question is not an exact duplicate of that other question I posted hyperlink to, because it didn't tell me whether or not I can get my points back. – Michal Dec 3 '12 at 11:38
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    @Michal: We can update the FAQ, but I think it is clear enough. This is still a duplicate of that question as it covers the same ground, in the end. – Martijn Pieters Dec 3 '12 at 12:07
  • Understood. I know now so it doesn't matter anymore. Anyway, I tried to delete the question as it is a duplciate, but it told me I can't because you answered it? – Michal Dec 5 '12 at 10:30
  • @Michal: Don't delete the question; it'll provide an alternative way to find the original question. It serves a purpose in and of itself. – Martijn Pieters Dec 5 '12 at 10:42
  • I would like to stop the constant decrease of my points. – Michal Dec 6 '12 at 10:03
  • Points on Meta are mostly useless anyway. – Martijn Pieters Dec 6 '12 at 10:05
  • I really disagree with those negative points I keep receiving. If you have the authority to delete this question, please do so, or please remove your answer, so I can delete it. I learnt my lesson. Thank you. – Michal Dec 11 '12 at 13:15
  • @Michal: I can only vote to have it deleted, it'd require another 2 such votes. I personally don't see any reason to vote for deletion. Again, reputation on Meta is next to useless anyway, don't take it so hard, it's not a punishment. – Martijn Pieters Dec 11 '12 at 13:17
  • When I hit "delete" I get: "Sorry, this question has answers and cannot be deleted; flag it for moderator attention instead." If you remove your answer I will be able to delete it myself. I am not asking you to consider reasons for deleting. I am asking you for benevolence to let me undo my mistake. I learnt what I should, why should I keep receiving negative votes then? Thank you for understanding. – Michal Dec 11 '12 at 13:21
  • @Michal: Your question and my answer are not solely for your benefit; other people should be able to find this and learn from it too. Deletion would bereft them of that opportunity. By posting on SE sites you agree to that premise. – Martijn Pieters Dec 11 '12 at 13:22
  • OK, let them learn, but WHY should I gain negative votes for that? – Michal Dec 11 '12 at 13:27
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    @Michal: Why the obsession with reputation? What does it matter to you if you gain or loose a few votes here and there. There have been 7 downvotes and one upvote on your question, so you lost a paltry 9 points over this. One answer upvote would off-set that 'loss'. Find questions here on Meta to answer if this matters so much to you. – Martijn Pieters Dec 11 '12 at 13:33

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