When a user is removed are all of that user's questions and answers, and all answers to the user's questions, also removed?

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    $\begingroup$ No. They remain with the author's name given as "userxxxxx". You can tell that the user was removed because userxxxxx is not a hyperlink. E.g., second answer here $\endgroup$
    – user31373
    Commented Sep 20, 2012 at 1:47
  • $\begingroup$ @LVK: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the "not a hyperlink" situation also happens with content migrated from other stackexchange sites. $\endgroup$
    – tomasz
    Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ @tomasz You are right; in both cases the lack of hyperlink shows the lack of MSE account. $\endgroup$
    – user31373
    Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ +1 for the wonderful example. $\endgroup$
    – user1729
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 12:56

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It depends. There are two forms of removal:

  • Deletion deletes all posts with a negative vote total. On posts with a non-negative vote total, it denormalizes identity (as in LVK's comment).
  • Destruction deletes all content, but it is only usable on users with less than 500 reputation. This is reserved for spammers, etc.

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