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I was quite impressed when I saw this week's Stack Overflow leaderboard:

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But the user's reputation activity doesn't quite match:

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What's going on?

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  • @animuson thanks for correcting the tag, it certainly looked like a bug at the time. – Nick Apr 30 at 1:32
  • This is my first question on meta.stackexchange so if someone could explain the downvotes I'd appreciate it. – Nick Apr 30 at 8:35
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    The first thing to know about this site's voting is that it's capricious: people tend to vote rather quickly. I don't really like that, but it is how it is. sigh – Sonic the Reinstate Monica-hog Apr 30 at 16:00

He had an extremely popular post on Stack Overflow.

Unfortunately, the question was closed, and ultimately deleted by a moderator, and the leagues haven't caught up yet.

  • I guess the +5160 must have come from the question temporarily being undeleted... – Nick Apr 30 at 0:17
  • It had over 500 upvotes, but max rep for one day is 200. Might be something stuck in the calculator, maybe. – fbueckert Apr 30 at 0:19
  • If it had been awarded 5160 reputation over the course of many days and it was deleted, and then undeleted that would account for the +5160 rep change. – Nick Apr 30 at 0:21
  • Rep lost from post deletions is not included in the reputation league, as the per-time rep in the league excludes "private" reputation changes such as deleted posts. So the reputation lost from having that post deleted will never be cleared from that number. – Sonic the Reinstate Monica-hog Apr 30 at 8:10

You should check if this does actually decrease his reputation. I'm new to Stack Exchange, but most sites don't delete overall user points when a thread is deleted.

  • With a few exceptions, @The. When old, highly-scored posts are deleted, you get to keep the reputation. But yeah, normally, deletion of a post removes any reputation that you might have gained from it. The logic is, reputation is a score/index of your valuable contributions to this community. If a post is deleted, it is no longer providing value to this community. – Cody Gray Apr 30 at 3:23
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    @TheWanderer the reputation will be kept if only the post is older than 60 days with a minimum of +3 score. – Meta Andrew T. Apr 30 at 5:37
  • Thread? That is a forum term. We have questions and answers here, not threads. The Stack Exchange sites are not forums (fora?). They are think tanks. – Peter Mortensen Apr 30 at 20:46

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