I've been posting questions and getting answers. Some of the answerers, if their answer is not acceptable or not good, then after a few moments I find their answer deleted. Does this technique save our points?

  • Saves who points?
    – Oded
    Sep 25, 2013 at 14:15
  • Some Users delete their ANSWERS.
    – JayKandari
    Sep 25, 2013 at 14:17
  • I suppose that you wanted to say posts instead of comments in the question.
    – devnull
    Sep 25, 2013 at 14:17
  • O god, that's why I was thinking, why all these people are saying about comments, while I'm asking about the answers. sorry my mistake correcting it.
    – JayKandari
    Sep 25, 2013 at 14:18
  • People who make a habit of doing this will probably find themselves the subject of an answer ban.
    – ale
    Sep 25, 2013 at 14:21
  • @AlEverett That depends on how often you post a bad answer. If you delete 100% of your bad answers but only 1% of your answers are bad, you're certainly not going to be answer banned. If you don't have quality answers to offset your deleted ones, then yes, you could be banned.
    – Servy
    Sep 25, 2013 at 15:12

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If an answer is deleted, all upvote or downvote reputation is restored.

Upvotes on comments do not increase reputation.

Update: As noted here, posts that have been visible on the site for at least 60 days and have a score ≥ 3 will not decrease reputation if they're deleted. Reason?

In fast-changing professions, there should be no shame in contributing valuable information just because it eventually goes out of date – and there shouldn’t be a penalty for deleting it when it does. Naturally, editing to bring an answer up-to-date is preferable – but if someone else already posted a good answer with current information, you should be able to remove yours and keep the reward for the time it was useful.

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    Its also worth noting that although the rep is returned the question/answer ban is still effected by these deleted posts Sep 25, 2013 at 14:23

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