Let's say someone creates a question, and after 2 days, puts a 50 reputation bounty. The question gets upvoted 20 times, and 3 answers get put on it. Answer A gets upvoted 5 times and gets accepted (along with the 50 reputation). Answer B gets upvoted 3 times, and answer C gets downvoted 2 times (but not deleted/removed). Then, for some odd reason, the creator deletes his own question. What happens to the reputation earned by both the asker and the answerers?

I already know what happens to badges (thanks to this question), but what happens to reputation?

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If you look at this FAQ on MetaSE you will read that:

  • Reputation changes from bounties and votes (both up and down) on deleted posts (including answers to a deleted question) are nullified. (Exception: Reputation earned for posts with a score of three or higher, and where the post has been visible on the site for at least 60 days, is retained).

  • Reputation lost as a penalty for having a post deleted by flagging is not returned.


I do believe that we block unilateral owner deletion for questions with upvoted answers (with the exception of mods).

In case the question becomes off-topic and deleted everybody will keep their reputation iirc so long as the question is six months old and your post has enough score.

  • So if for some odd reasdon, a moderator deletes a question with upvoted answers, the reputation changes will not revert (even for the asker)?
    – The Man
    Feb 3, 2015 at 18:39
  • @ShadowZ. I have deleted a few downvoted questions before (unanswered) and there was no rep. change for me.
    – Ben
    Feb 4, 2015 at 2:56
  • You stayed with rep lost?
    – The Man
    Feb 4, 2015 at 3:10
  • I've regained rep from deleting downvoted questions. However, the rep reappeared after some time had passed after deleting it.
    – Ellesedil
    Feb 5, 2015 at 22:16

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