# Targeted deletion of questions

On my reputation tab in Math SE, I found out that I have lost 28 reputation in total from deleted questions, which is more than 20% of my total reputation. I think that this is an important issue, since when I look at other users none of them have had anywhere near the same percentage of reputation lost compared to me.

Is this normal? I feel that these reputation changes are damaging to me, since I feel my efforts are not rewarded, which makes me sometimes want to quit writing answers altogether.

Moderators — Can you please give me all the reputation back lost from deleted questions and investigate the source of the reputation changes?

To clarify, I am not asking for revenge against these users, I just want a clear and open investigation as to why this has happened and also some advice on how I can improve my answers.

EDIT: The question has been resolved; I appreciate everyone's feedback and will try to avoid poorly worded questions next time I answer.

• Re: since when I look at other users none of them have had anywhere near the same percentage of reputation lost compared to me. If I remember correctly, deleted post are shown on the reputation tab only to the owner (if they checked "show removed post" box.) Just check your reputation tab when not logged in, or look here. So if you checked reputation tabs of some other users, it is possible that they also lost some reputation due to deleted post, it is simply not displayed there. – Martin Sleziak May 26 '17 at 7:29
• So, the impression I get is that you are not really targeted. The percentage-wise large loss can be explained by your low total number of posts. Of $<30$ posts random deletions may affect a higher fraction than of $\approx 3000$ posts. Yet, this is just an impression. I will dig a bit deeper when I have more time. The Community user is a bot, so there is no malice behind its actions :-) – Jyrki Lahtonen May 26 '17 at 7:36
• Thanks @JyrkiLahonen, your advice makes sense on why others might downvote and delete. One question — is this behaviour normal? Do you know of any other people that had a similar experience like me? – Toby Mak May 26 '17 at 8:17
• I will also mention that another possibility how a user can lose reputation is if a question, where you made a suggest edit, was deleted. This happened to this suggested edit of yours, which lead to losing 2 reputation points. (The edit was suggested and approved on May 2, the question was deleted by community user on May 12.) – Martin Sleziak May 26 '17 at 8:37
• @Martin Sleziak Thanks for the information – Toby Mak May 26 '17 at 10:39
• Please explain the downvotes, my comments on @hardmath's repsonses were a misunderstanding. I have edited my answer, which means downvotes can be changed now. – Toby Mak May 27 '17 at 2:49
• @TobyMak, I believe that downvotes on metaMSE indicate disagreement, rather than disapproval as on the main site. – LSpice Jan 18 '18 at 23:14

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