Update: As MadScientist quite aptly pointed out this is also highly relevant:
I was greeted by this screen just an hour ago:
After a little bit of digging and conjecturing, I worked out that the user removed was user llonesmiz.
I dearly bemoan the loss of a great SO contributor, and my (near) lone companion in [boost-spirit]. I know they had personal reasons for deleting their account, as I have tried to help/talk to them in comments over the last few months.
Now, I'll be honest. I don't like losing the reputation.
On a more principled level I'm trying to work out the following questions:
Is it fair/desirable that a user takes with them all the votes they had cast on account deletion?
In my view, this was a highly respected power user with a lot of reputation in the [c++] domain. Their votes matter to me. Frequently, they taught me much better ways to do stuff, so I think it is a distinct disservice to the community to wipe their votes.
Should high reputation accounts be deleted instead of being destroyed?
- see also this answer for “delete” vs. “destroy”
I'm not sure if according to ^that^ explanation the account should have been destroyed. If it was, maybe the criterion should be tuned a bit more.
P.S. On my search across meta before posting this question I found the following things to be relevant: