As discussed in What should our policy on insults, vulgarity, profanity, and other possibly offensive material be? , a very popular question has just been deleted.
Like other users, I noticed a massive drop in my own reputation, and as usual, I didn't know why.
Here's a few other examples (sorry to use personal examples, but I can't easily access other peoples' deleted answers.)
Another example of a deleted question, on which I had the only upvoted answer.
An example of one of the closed (but not deleted) code-trolling questions.
Now, from my own experience, it seems that when a question is closed answerers keep their reputation. But when a question is deleted the answerer's reputation simply vanishes without trace.
So I have the following questions:
- When a question is deleted, is it fair to penalise answerers by removing the reputation gained?
- Should the reputation simply vanish without trace (as at present), or should there be some kind of record on the user profile of the reputation being gained and lost? (There's a button to display this on my own profile, but I can't find it on other peoples'.)
- Does deleting a question always automatically lead to reputation disappearing in this way, or are ther ways users can keep their reputation? (I had understood by some of the discussions on code-trolling that there was a way for a question to be deleted and the answerer to keep their reputation.)