What happens to very good answers from removed users? Do they get deleted?

In particular, I'm worried about user with over $100$ answers and over $10000$ rep.

I think they should be protected if not already.

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    $\begingroup$ Bill's user is not deleted. It's not even "Gone" anymore. It's his old username with his old account. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Dec 15, 2013 at 23:10
  • $\begingroup$ 2 accounts ? then he had the sum of those rep ? $\endgroup$
    – mick
    Commented Dec 15, 2013 at 23:17
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    $\begingroup$ @mick: those are not two accounts, just two names for the same account at different times. In any case, this question seems to be a general one, there is no reason to mention a particular user. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Dec 16, 2013 at 9:39
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    $\begingroup$ Related: Browsing the answers by deleted users. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 18:31

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When an account is deleted, all negatively scored posts are deleted. However StackExchange employs only "soft deletion" which means that these posts still exist, they are just hidden to users without sufficient privileges. Such posts can be restored (if you can direct moderators or other sufficiently privileged users to their location for undeletion).

(The undeleted posts are anonymized, meaning that the original user name is no longer associated with them, but rather some user#####, reflecting the user ID of the account. Though not quite as simple as before there are ways to find such posts.)


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