# 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. 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 Mod
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...) 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 Mod
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". Mar 26 '12 at 9:11
• "His name was Robert Paulson."
– Asaf Karagila Mod
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) 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). Apr 2 '19 at 9:05

## 2 Answers

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.

1. Go to this page
2. Change the site with the  link (default is Stack Overflow)
3. Click the 'Get Token' button so that the API knows it's you
4. After authenticating, click the 'Run' button

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

• Unfortunately useless to me, since getting a token always takes me to SO and asks that I create an account there... You wouldn't have any solution for that, would you?
– Asaf Karagila Mod
Jul 8 '20 at 9:09
• Heh, didn't realize that. I know no workaround, alas... Jul 8 '20 at 9:14
• @AsafKaragila you could create an account, perform this procedure and delete the account. Not sure if that works for you? Jul 11 '20 at 14:47
• Well, I rather not.
– Asaf Karagila Mod
Jul 11 '20 at 15:20
• Update: turns out that all it took was for Roomba to do its rep recalculation. However, even though the removed user's upvote was reversed, their uptick (answer acceptance) remains. Anyways, for reference, this is the question. Aug 16 at 7:10
• @RyanG yes, user removal does not influence the answer being accepted or not. This has always been the case, I don't know why. Aug 16 at 7:12
• @RyanG No, they are not reversed either. Aug 16 at 7:14
• @RyanG well - sometimes the votes are preserved even if the question or answer is deleted. It's all in the FAQs on Meta Stack Exchange, e.g. meta.stackexchange.com/q/5221/295232 Aug 16 at 7:21
• Ah, thanks. So, question deletion removes from the page the green tick but not the votes (meanwhile, all associated rep points are reversed); while user removal reverses that user's votes (but not their green ticks). Aug 16 at 7:25