I have this in my reputation tab within my account.

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Why have I been penalized for a user being removed? Is this justified? To me, the reputation shouldn't be affected.

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    What good is a reputation if there is no one to back it up? Jul 2, 2013 at 11:02
  • I know what you mean, but that is beside the point I think. If you do some work for a company, who goes under and therefore doesn't pay you. Of course, points is not finance but, the principal is the same. And it does appear that a lot of people already want this (see the link in the comments in Sathya's answer). May be the answer is tough luck and if so, fine, it just seemed to be unjustified.
    – Dave
    Jul 2, 2013 at 11:45
  • The same happened to me!! I did not even get a change to delete my answer if the user did not like it. Now I am down -15 for a user that got deleted and I have no idea what happened on the question.
    – StBlade
    Nov 21, 2013 at 11:29
  • Also, form the sites perspective, just because a user is deleted doesn't mean the original question is (or isn't) useful... The point of the site is to find answers, deleting them seems counter-intuitive
    – Dave
    Nov 21, 2013 at 15:52

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The user had voted on your posts. Since the user is removed, the votes are revoked & consequently, you lose rep.

  • Hi Sathya, I've made a small edit to my post as it wasn't clear. My question was supposed to be about not what is going on, but should it be! Why should my rep be spoiled?
    – Dave
    Jul 2, 2013 at 10:51
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    @DaveRook The edit spins your question into another different topic - and I agree with you - your rep shouldn't be held at the whims of person who decided to move on. There's a feature request for this Don't throw away all votes when a user is deleted
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Jul 2, 2013 at 10:54
  • Ah, once again Sathya, thank you for your time and help. I understand now.
    – Dave
    Jul 2, 2013 at 10:55
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    @DaveRook: I agree. I think this sort of thing is just ridiculous unless it was a sock puppet that was deleted.
    – Karan
    Jul 3, 2013 at 16:36

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