# Is it possible to know which posts were affected by user removal?

I suddenly saw that I am 20 points short, and the reputation page says that a user was removed. I am now left to wonder which posts suffered from this drop.

Is it possible to add some sort of way of knowing which posts were affected by the user's removal? Maybe limit the number of posts (otherwise the removal of an active user would cause an overload to the page...)

• I downvoted because I disagree that this is a good proposal. To implement this would make votes less anonymous. – Willie Wong Mar 26 '12 at 8:19
• @Willie: It's like revealing something on someone's secret doing after he died, so to speak. The user has deleted themselves from the system. The votes are gone. "In death a member of Project Mayhem has a name. His name was Robert Paulson." – Asaf Karagila Mar 26 '12 at 8:22
• and I maintain that revealing someone's secret after he died is still not okay. Also, there have been instances of "resurrections" (I know the team doesn't look favourably on it, but sometimes if you beg hard enough...) – Willie Wong Mar 26 '12 at 8:34
• @Willie, well... note that I didn't ask to know who the user was. Just what were the posts which got de-voted... – Asaf Karagila Mar 26 '12 at 9:02
• Only a few users are deleted per day. While it does take some effort and a bit of (human) memory, it is not at all impossible to "connect the dots". – Willie Wong Mar 26 '12 at 9:11
• "His name was Robert Paulson." – Asaf Karagila Mar 26 '12 at 12:18
• I am totally amused by your conversation. (I think my comment is not encouraged -- as it doesn't help this post in any way -- but I just can't stop myself) – Vee Hua Zhi Nov 6 '18 at 13:02
• I will just mention that the answers on How can I find posts related to lost reputation due to a “user was removed” message? (Meta Stack Exchange) and also Can I know where I lost my reputation? (on this meta) contain some suggestions how to find such posts (or at least the recent ones). – Martin Sleziak Apr 2 '19 at 9:05

I think this is a bad idea, for two main reasons.

1. The privacy of the anonymous voting can be compromised. Even if an user is effectively "dead and buried" in this forum, I would still prefer to maintain their privacy in their voting preferences. A little bit of detective work is all that's required to connect the dots between date of deletion of the account and the date of the vote removals.

2. Why exactly is this information useful to you? For users' active downvotes and upvotes, knowing which posts were voted up or down can help the poster tune his/her writing to be better in the future, and also indicate to the poster possible mistakes made in past postings. But there really is nothing you, as a user, can do (in terms of amending your posts) to prevent or counteract the effect of a user-account deletion.

The key is your framing of your question: you said that a post "suffered" from this drop. I firstly disagree with that choice of word, and even supposing I do agree, considering that there's nothing you can do to ameliorate said suffering, what's the point of knowing this information?

Given that I don't see any benefit for having this information handy, and I can see a possible minus in terms of privacy (albeit rather small and unlikely) should this suggestion be implemented, I must disagree with the feature request (at least until I am convinced that the benefits outweighs the flaws).

Is it possible to add some sort of way of knowing which posts were affected by the user's removal?

I've described a procedure for this on Meta Stack Exchange. It uses the Stack Exchange API but does not require programming.

Scroll down to the user_deleted events, you'll find clickable post IDs which will take you to the involved posts: