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Reputation decrease citing “User was removed”

I see a -20 decrement of 'reputation' for October 6, and the text next to it just says "user was removed." However, my username, question history, etc., all seem to be intact. What is this mysterious -20 from, and what is it referring to when it says that 'user was removed'?

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    $\begingroup$ It is not karma. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ YOu think it is strange to call those points reputation, life transcending karma is fine... $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 22:36
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    $\begingroup$ I'm just going by what it's called at LessWrong. I never bothered to look at what it's called at Stack Exchange sites. $\endgroup$
    – ely
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 22:45
  • $\begingroup$ Human rationality? Is that like taking a quotient of two human integers, where the denominator is nonzero? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 5:45
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  • $\begingroup$ you lucky, I have a -430 and I don't know what anser was removed. An administrator can rest my points and show that message and I will never know if this is from true (like happens in StackOverflow) $\endgroup$
    – L F
    Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 19:00

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It means that a user was removed. This removes all posts they own with negative total score, possibly including questions that you answered and received upvotes on. (Also, it's called "reputation" here, not karma.)

  • $\begingroup$ I see. So another user removed the account, leading to losing karma I may have accrued from answering posts of theirs. Thank you. $\endgroup$
    – ely
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ @EMS, not karma. $\endgroup$
    – picakhu
    Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 21:37

If users are deleted, all their votes are deleted with them. So if they have upvoted you, those votes will be lost and you'll lose the reputation you gained from them.

  • $\begingroup$ Seems, one can also win with that deleting of users. Just got 61 points for don't-know-for-what in the previous hour - it even does not appear in the reputation-history ... $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 16:54

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