I'm a (fairly new) moderator on Raspberry Pi Exchange and everyday there are numbers of answers rightfully flagged as non-answers because they are essentially comments left by people with not enough rep to comment. I go through them and decide whether to just delete them or turn them into actual comments in the appropriate place.
Quite often these are actually useful contributions and so I turn them into comments.
Almost every single time I do this (as in, way, way beyond coincidence), the score on the answer is immediately reduced by one, and I have verified the user's point total is in fact decremented.
I'm hesitant to believe this is built into the system, so my other theory about it is that I'm not seeing a current score initially, and for whatever reason it is updated when I delete. So I wanted to verify one way or the other: Does the system automatically penalize deleted answers and if so under what conditions?