I was just wondering - what if I ask a question, get many down-votes, thus decide to delete that question.

Here are my queries

  • What happens to the negative reputation score I received because of down-votes
  • What happens to the negative reputation score other users received for down-voting my question?
  • Since other users down-voted, does their vote count for badge like Civic duty?


  • It doesn't seem to come back, but that's not a big deal (unless someone is out to get you) because rep doesn't mean that much (in a good way). – Mark C Oct 6 '10 at 5:55

Reputation freed by a deletion, both down and up, is not immediately recalculated, as the reputation shown on the page is a cache. There are recalculations taking place from time to time, especially when the reputation system is tweaked.

(Other operations that work the same way are f.e. migrations to other SE sites.)

If a user wants to do so, he or she can ask for a recalc flagging a post for moderator attention.

When the recalc takes place, all reputation issues you stated are resolved for the person recalculated: if I deleted an answer or question that was downvoted, I get refunded. If the person that downvoted recalculates, he or she gets the reputation back spent for the downvote.

Badges are not taken back once awarded. So if the recalc did not take place before the badge conditions were met, the badge is awarded. For certain badges if the system finds out that you are not eligible any longer, the next time you would get the badge it is looked at as having already been awarded.

There is always the possibility to see your "real" reputation by going to the reputation widget. For this, add /reputation to the base url of the site you are interested in, for example stackoverflow.com/reputation. It will give you a real time calc of your reputation with some interesting additional information on daily limits reached.

  • Moderator, please give me my missing 2pts back. (Although in Jon's case that would work out to over 100pts.) – Mark C Oct 6 '10 at 7:25

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