I know that if a user is removed, all his votes will be cancelled. So some users may have negative reputation changes as a multiple of 10 or 5. But How -2 reputation change for user removal? I got this message few minuets before. Any idea? enter image description here

  • I've retracted my close vote, but is there any value at all in a question that's just resulting in maths guesses? Jul 11, 2014 at 6:59
  • Its a [support] question. Not all support queries carry value. The only value I see in this question is that it is educating one more community member.
    – bluemax
    Jul 11, 2014 at 7:09
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    Note that votes come in different sizes. You can receive -2 when someone downvotes you, you can be reputation capped an a vote then only counts for the remainder between your total from up and downvotes and 200 points. As a result the total reputation change from a users votes is not necessarily a multiple of 5. Jul 11, 2014 at 9:01
  • @MartijnPieters Of course I know down voting cost -2. But It's not that case. Also I haven't ever reached daily rep cap. So no need to consider that. Jul 11, 2014 at 10:06
  • @Harikrishnan: +10 plus 4 x -2 makes +2 total rep change. My point being that you need to look at this as a total reputation change, not an individual vote. Jul 11, 2014 at 10:08
  • OK.But I believe serial down voting for Questions/Answers of same user is not allowed? Jul 11, 2014 at 12:10

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The rep change reported for removed users is the total effect. You don't know how many actions are involved in that. So if you've been reasonably active yourself -- have lots of posts that could be voted on, have accepted answers, have edited, etc -- then just about any number is possible. No breakdown is available.


Maybe he downvoted 4 your posts and upvoted one of your answers. Then in total he gave you 2 reps. When he is removed, these two reps are removed. Only one event shown, summed up of all votes the removed user casted on your posts.


Most probably you suggested an edit on a post and received 2 reps. The user (and his/her question) was removed, thus the 2 points you gained were taken back.

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    In that case the post is removed. I'd say this is the total from voting (so downvotes and upvotes) Jul 11, 2014 at 8:58
  • @MartijnPieters if a post is removed (or deleted) then +2 gained by suggested edit would be taken back, correct? Jul 11, 2014 at 9:18
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    Yes, but it should show up as a post deleted line, not a user removed line. Jul 11, 2014 at 9:42
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    @MartijnPieters Well, not if the post was deleted automatically when the user was deleted, which can happen for negatively-voted posts. This is the most likely explanation since it's the simplest and has happened before.
    – Tim Stone
    Jul 12, 2014 at 3:43
  • @TimStone: ah, evidence! I'll accept Nick confirming it. Jul 12, 2014 at 6:14
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    This is very nearly right, but it was the user who accepted the edit who was removed, not the user whose post was edited.
    – Shog9
    Jul 12, 2014 at 17:03
  • @Shog9 I get the logic of revoking +2 when the edited post is deleted, but doing it when a reviewer is removed is an odd thing to do. After all, there are multiple reviewers for each edit.
    – user259867
    Jul 12, 2014 at 17:34

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