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? – doppelgreener Jul 11 '14 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 '14 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. – Martijn Pieters Jul 11 '14 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. – Harikrishnan Jul 11 '14 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. – Martijn Pieters Jul 11 '14 at 10:08
  • OK.But I believe serial down voting for Questions/Answers of same user is not allowed? – Harikrishnan Jul 11 '14 at 12:10

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) – Martijn Pieters Jul 11 '14 at 8:58
  • @MartijnPieters if a post is removed (or deleted) then +2 gained by suggested edit would be taken back, correct? – Aziz Shaikh Jul 11 '14 at 9:18
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    Yes, but it should show up as a post deleted line, not a user removed line. – Martijn Pieters Jul 11 '14 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 '14 at 3:43
  • @TimStone: ah, evidence! I'll accept Nick confirming it. – Martijn Pieters Jul 12 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 17:34

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