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I noticed that I lost 20 points recently and when I went to look, the screen read something to the effect of "user removed". I am just wondering what happens if a person earns a badge based on material submitted for a question (or answer) which is later removed. If I get a badge for choosing a best answer and then that user (and his answer) is removed, do I lose the badge? I think there was a similar question in the box on the right but as I went to click on it, it disappeared.

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No. Once you earn a badge, it's your to keep, except for the tag badges. (Source; see there for further details.)

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    thank you. (a character limit makes simple politeness tough in a comment) – rosends Jun 17 '12 at 19:20
  • but you do lose the rep when a user leaves/is removed? – not-allowed to change my name Jun 18 '12 at 0:51
  • @vram, yes, I believe so. – msh210 Jun 18 '12 at 4:54

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