Today I lost rep with the following notation:

-10 8 mins ago removed User was removed

What does this mean? Some user had up-voted one of my answers (or two of my questions) and was then deleted, and the votes go away with the user?

When a vote is removed you get told what post was affected, but here there is no such information. I'm not worried about the rep; I'm just curious what happened.

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    OY! I lost 90 points!
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 23:26
  • @DoubleAA, yeah, I think removing votes damages the community, just as removing a deleted user's posts would. Both contribute to the best content bubbling up. The link in HodofHod's answer makes for interesting reading. Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 12:35
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    Funny thing - I gained 5 points :D
    – Sam
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 12:12

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A certain user requested that his account be deleted. This leaves all of his posts intact, but removes his user, and apparently his votes, both up and down.

See What does “user was removed” mean and why did I lose 5 reputation for it?

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    – HodofHod
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 20:15
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    A mod could delete without a trace? Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 22:21
  • @ShmuelBrill I believe it's possible, but it wasn't done in this case.
    – HodofHod
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 22:41
  • I'm referring to the name that was removed from this post. Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 23:37
  • @ShmuelBrill No, I just removed it within the 5 minute grace period.
    – HodofHod
    Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 0:39
  • Is there a publicly available reason why he left? Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 18:31

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