Before I get to the main part of my question, I know something similar was asked here, but I have a more localized question about a certain deleted question. If I need to, then I'll delete this.

I was told here that if one of my answers were deleted, than I could ask on here on Meta for someone with more than 10k to retrieve it. Instead of retrieving my answer, though, I was wondering why this question was deleted.

The last I saw after I had answered it, I had one upvote and the question only had one downvote. Now the question wasn't the best in the world, but at least it didn't have 22 downvotes and a score of -20.

So my question is, if someone wouldn't mind answering, why was the question (along with my answer and earned reputation) deleted? I know this is a very specific question, so if I need to I'll be more than happy to delete this question (unless someone with an upvoted answer doesn't want me to)

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    Please learn to use paragraphs. An large wall of text is difficult to read. – psubsee2003 Feb 8 '14 at 20:34
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    I've never really understood why this happens (as in why this process is in place). Good answers to poor questions are lost this way – Richard Tingle Feb 8 '14 at 21:22

The author of the question deleted their account. Since, at the time of deletion, the question had a score of -4 and was closed, it was automatically deleted by the Community user along with the user.

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  • Okay, thanks. The last I saw, there was only one downvote and the question wasn't closed. Now I can understand why it was deleted. – davidsbro Feb 8 '14 at 20:47
  • Not to try to sound selfish or greedy or anything, but I'm just curious, how many upvotes did I have (if any)? – davidsbro Feb 8 '14 at 21:00
  • You had 2 upvotes on your answer. – animuson Feb 8 '14 at 21:02
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    Ok, thank you. And maybe in case you know this off the top of your head, is there a reason reputation is lost on deleted questions? I mean, when 20 rep is 2% of your total, that can kind of hurt. Thanks for your help – davidsbro Feb 8 '14 at 21:04
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    @davidsbro When a post is deleted, it's as if it never existed. So any rep you gained (or lost) from it is undone. See here and also dome details in the duplicate. – Aaron Bertrand Feb 8 '14 at 21:12
  • I have a follow-up that doesn't merit its own question: Over the weekend, I answered a duplicate question before it was flagged, and I suspect OP deleted her/his account or even just the question after having asked it. My problem is not necessarily the Reputation loss I incurre – tifu Mar 19 '18 at 7:56

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