Yes, I know, we have this question: How can I delete my account?

But it's not clear.

Old SOru discussion: Когда аккаунт удаляется с сохранением голосов?. A user with high reputation score was deleted, and all their votes were invalidated.

Recently our member with 15k+ reputation was deleted and his votes were invalidated. So, did Stack Exchange staff decide, that 15k is not a high reputation score? Or something else?

How many reputation points exactly should a deleted user have to prevent vote invalidation?


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The reputation does not matter; it's all about the (up)votes they've cast.

Of course, high reputation users are likely to have been active for a longer period and thus cast more votes. But there's not a threshold like you're asking for.

Another recent case was this where the user with the most reputation on the site was deleted, and all their votes were invalidated.

  • Thanks. Interesting. So, another way, what's criteria for those decisions if, in general, reputation doesn't count? 'cause I'm sure that this user wasn't involved in voting fraud or something like this. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 14:13
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    Those can be found in the linked answer. There are no specific criteria, it seems that's on purpose to prevent people from taking advantage of them.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 14:16
  • It all depends on the mood of the reviewer. Got it. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 14:21
  • So, casting >50 upvotes isn't enough for these "low" thresholds? I'm skeptical. (And your linked example is very clearly anything but "oh thousands of votes isn't enough to hit the threshold".) Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 17:47
  • Quoting Shog: "If, during review, it becomes apparent that the user is or ever was involved in voting fraud, the votes are discarded as they would normally be." I don't know if this is the case here.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 18:04

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