I'm not sure if this is a bug or something but I randomly lost 5 rep.

Clicking that brings me here l

My user wasn't removed because I can look at my profile and stuff. Can someone tell me why this happened?

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    Someone upvoted your question, and later had their account deleted, and in doing so, all their votes revoked, causing you to lose 5 rep from that upvote getting revoked. That was not random. Jun 21, 2016 at 2:04
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    Their upvote was revoked when their account was deleted so you lost five rep from that upvote getting revoked. Jun 21, 2016 at 2:07
  • @John But I still have the same amounts of up votes on my other two questions Jun 21, 2016 at 2:07
  • Probably a bug that they have the same number of upvotes. Jun 21, 2016 at 2:10
  • Or maybe an upvote on a deleted question was revoked do to removal. Jun 21, 2016 at 2:12
  • @John That would make sense, but I haven't answered any questions on Stack Exchange Jun 21, 2016 at 2:22
  • I'm talking about your deleted question, not an answer you posted to a deleted question. Jun 21, 2016 at 2:29
  • @John I don't have any deleted questions!!! Jun 21, 2016 at 2:46
  • As I said, it might be a bug that a vote wasn't removed from one of your questions. Jun 21, 2016 at 2:54
  • @John It could be a bug... but a simpler explanation is that there weren't any other votes to revoke. ;)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jun 21, 2016 at 3:18
  • Does this mean that deleting a post with a negative score will give me back my lost rep?
    – nelomad
    Jun 21, 2016 at 4:39
  • @Adamawesome4 I think so, don't quote me on that, though. Jul 10, 2016 at 18:24

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A user who upvoted this question of yours was deleted.

This has nothing to do with any of your other questions since that person didn't vote on them one way or another (although downvotes on questions wouldn't affect your rep anyway and would just be removed silently).

For what it's worth, on the desktop version of the reputation page we also link to this Help Center article that should help explain how user deletion can affect your reputation.

  • @zaq wat. This is why we can't have nice things. I guess there's sort of a precedent for showing which post lost rep (it's not secret per se, but doesn't carry much useful information either except for pure curiosity - unless, of course, voter spoke up in comments or something). Either way, I'm comfortable declining these requests if/when they come up and revealing the deleted user is 100% right out of the question.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 15, 2016 at 22:35

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