If I delete my answer, what happens to the points that have been added/subtracted from my reputation?

I do not see an answer to this when I do a search in the help section.

  • There's a post on main meta that I hope someone who's not using mobile can find and link. Look for "what happens when a post is deleted" and "is it kosher to delete". Sep 16, 2019 at 14:31
  • When I search from those in the meta page's search nothing topic comes up at all (0 results). Maybe I'm in the wrong search box? I then tried "delete post reputation points" and nothing relevant came up.
    – curls
    Sep 16, 2019 at 14:42
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    see When is it kosher to delete one's own answer?
    – mbloch
    Sep 16, 2019 at 15:36

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You get back the points that were substracted from your reputation. As the FAQ says (in the section What does deletion mean for a post?)

Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), and acceptances on deleted posts (including answers to a deleted question) are nullified.

See there for exceptions.

  • That link did the trick. I wonder why searching didn't produce any relevant links?
    – curls
    Sep 16, 2019 at 20:04
  • @curls did you search here on Mi Yodeya meta or on main meta (meta.stackexchange.com)? The presence of more than one site might have confused you; the other site has questions that apply all across the SE network. Sep 17, 2019 at 2:14
  • I was on mi yodeya and went to help and that led to meta. I never went to other stack sites for this search.
    – curls
    Sep 17, 2019 at 3:15
  • Can I comment to a moderator who's commented on my question, AFTER it was deleted? I can't add a comment to him. I want to tell him to look at the chat, where I replied to him.
    – curls
    Sep 17, 2019 at 3:16
  • @curls no but you can ping him on the main chat directly: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/468/vdibarta-bam by writing @ and the moderator name then your message
    – mbloch
    Sep 17, 2019 at 3:58
  • Good to know. Thanks.
    – curls
    Sep 17, 2019 at 4:19

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