I answered a question on Mathematics Stack Exchange and gained around 80 reputation from it. This was the first time I gained points and earned a decent number of privileges.

But now that question was deleted and I lost so many points (almost 3/4 of my total). And so many privileges were gone too.

Is there something I can do?

  • You can ask a question on Mathematics meta, asking to have the question undeleted, if you have a good argument that the question is valuable, and deserves to be on the site. – PM 2Ring May 1 at 8:45
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    I will add to the above comment that if the post was deleted recently, you can still find it: Is there any way to see my deleted questions or answers? If the question is worth undeleting, a reasonable place to ask for the undeletion might be here: Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - today). – Martin May 1 at 8:47
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    I don't know If the question is worth undeleting. However I had figured out a really amazing solution to it that a lot of users encourages and I got so many upvotes that gave me so much reputation. Thank you for your replies though. Appreciate it – Vamsi Krishna May 1 at 9:00
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    And the question was not mine. Only the answer was. The user whose question I had answered had deleted the question – Vamsi Krishna May 1 at 9:01
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    The user can't delete the question themselves if it has a positively scoring answer (unless said user is a moderator, but that's highly unlikely). – Glorfindel May 1 at 9:03
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    I think you should've raised this on the local meta first, instead of going network-wide. – Mast May 1 at 9:03
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    @Mast probably (I wouldn't mind if it is migrated) but it's a situation which could arise on other sites as well. Even my anecdote below could happen on another site (e.g. Puzzling). – Glorfindel May 1 at 9:07
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    FWIW, it's quite common for homework cheats to delete their question as soon as they get an answer, in an attempt to hide the evidence that they cheated. However, that doesn't seem to be the case here, since an asker cannot delete their question if it has any upvoted answers, as Glorfindel mentioned. – PM 2Ring May 1 at 9:09
  • So isn't it unfair that all the time I spent on it is gone – Vamsi Krishna May 1 at 9:54
  • @Glorfindel Here is the follow-up discussion in the room you have suggested: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/20352/2020/5/1 (Although some details about the question are mentioned there. Here is a link to the question: math.stackexchange.com/questions/3644316/… - however, currently visible only for 10k+ users and the users who posted the question or the answers.) – Martin May 1 at 15:37
  • The post was deleted for a reason; if only your answer was deleted, there's probably a comment stating why it was deleted, and you can try to address that problem and subsequently flag the post for moderator attention. If the question was deleted, it probably shouldn't have been answered to begin with.

    • Speaking from personal experience, in 2017 I had posted a Mathematics answer scoring +15 which was deleted because the question was from an open competition. The question has been undeleted after the competition closed and I gained my reputation back. Now, seven months ago, three users voted to delete the question. No idea why, but at least I got to keep my reputation this time since the post was more than 60 days old.
  • Write a good answer to another question. There are plenty of unanswered questions on Mathematics Stack Exchange.

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  • Thank you so much for your reply. I am currently actively answering any question that I am able to. And yes it was the question that got deleted, I don't know the reason. It was a majority of my reputation. – Vamsi Krishna May 1 at 8:58
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    You still have enough reputation to chat, so you can enter this chatroom and ask why the question was deleted (if the comments don't indicate why). Otherwise, follow Martin's advice: asking for undeleting on Math.Meta. But justify objectively why it should be undeleted; "I lost a lot of rep" is not a good reason to undelete a question. – Glorfindel May 1 at 9:02
  • Could be a question from the under age user who's account was just deleted ... – DavidPostill May 1 at 11:18
  • @DavidPostill doesn't that just delete the user but not the question itself? Or does that depend on the question's (not the answer's) score? – Glorfindel May 1 at 11:30
  • No idea ....... – DavidPostill May 1 at 11:39
  • @DavidPostill "The system will automatically delete any post, regardless of score or answers to questions, when its owner's account is destroyed (only done for spammers and blatant trolls)." The under age user's question here wasn't deleted either, and the posts they mention in that question still exist... – Glorfindel May 1 at 11:41
  • There are a few users (maybe 6) who are rampantly deleting questions on Math SE. They've been doing it for awhile now. – Matt Samuel May 1 at 23:09

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