The question I answered: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16379309/syntax-error-unexpected-t-variable-in-scripts-login-scripts-php-on-line-7/16379316#16379316

Got closed, but I still had an active answer.. Me being nice, I carried on the assistance; but I have just discovered the question to be deleted:

This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation

Why did I lose the reputation gained from my answer because of this deletion?

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    – Cole Tobin
    May 5, 2013 at 0:40
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    Once it's deleted, it's as if it never existed. (unless it falls into a number of exceptions)
    – Mysticial
    May 5, 2013 at 0:41
  • @ColeJohnson Care to explain?
    – Daryl Gill
    May 5, 2013 at 0:41
  • Duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/q/18308/212576
    – hjpotter92
    May 5, 2013 at 0:42
  • I understand the moderation teams decision.. But the question was removed sometime after the question got closed.. That I can't understand why.
    – Daryl Gill
    May 5, 2013 at 0:43
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    @DarylGill I believe you shouldn't even put effort in answering topics covered by Reference - What does this error mean in PHP?, the PHP cv-ring is rather strict closing and deleting such questions. May 5, 2013 at 1:12
  • @FabrícioMatté That may be your outlook on that.. But if someone has come to Stack overflow.. i see no problem one bit with assisting them, regardless of their question.. No disrespect, but i'm not as quick to judge
    – Daryl Gill
    May 5, 2013 at 1:14
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    @DarylGill Correct, helping is our aim. Though, code-dump questions with (close to) no research effort which serve for no future reference tend to end up being closed/deleted. Even more when it is about basic syntax errors such as unexpected T_XXX. I'm just saying so you're prepared for the next time this happens. May 5, 2013 at 1:18

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When a question is deleted, it's as if it never existed in the first place.

Thus, everyone who had a reputation change from that question will have the change neutralized upon deletion.

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    As an interesting side note, any badges won off the deleted question persist. May 5, 2013 at 1:18

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