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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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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
    Oct 22, 2012 at 19:02
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    $\begingroup$ @EMS, not karma. $\endgroup$
    – picakhu
    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 ... $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2012 at 16:54

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