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 Apr 5 '12 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. – Monica Cellio Apr 6 '12 at 12:35
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    Funny thing - I gained 5 points :D – Sam Apr 9 '12 at 12:12

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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     V'd"l – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 5 '12 at 20:15
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    A mod could delete without a trace? – Shmuel Apr 5 '12 at 22:21
  • @ShmuelBrill I believe it's possible, but it wasn't done in this case. – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 5 '12 at 22:41
  • I'm referring to the name that was removed from this post. – Shmuel Apr 5 '12 at 23:37
  • @ShmuelBrill No, I just removed it within the 5 minute grace period. – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 6 '12 at 0:39
  • Is there a publicly available reason why he left? – Shmuel Apr 9 '12 at 18:31

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