Say a user asked a question. He had answers on it, as well as upvotes and downvotes, but then his account is deleted for some reason. What will happen to all the questions, answers, upvotes and downvotes?

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When a user is deleted, all questions/answers except downvoted ones are kept.

When a user is destroyed, the account and all posts are deleted. This is usually for spammers.

The votes get removed in both cases, and affected users will see a -xyz User was removed entry in their reputation history.

See also: Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted

  • I assume those questions/answers are then attributed to the community user?
    – Stevoisiak
    Apr 20, 2017 at 17:49
  • Questions without upvotes or upvoted (or accepted) answers are deleted normally.
  • Upvoted questions or questions with upvoted answers are anonymized (meaning their author becomes userNNNNNNNN.
  • Answers with 0 or negative score are deleted.
  • Answers with a positive score are anonymized.

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