I got a -10 reputation on 27th April 2014 with the explanation "User was removed". Hey, I am still able to logon, see all of my previous contributions, so I was not removed. Also, I haven't removed anybody.

As I read in the post Lost reputation "User was removed" it means that someone who previously upvoted some of my questions/answers deleted themselves.

Could someone please update the phrasing of the reputation change so we do not need to look-up meta to find out what exactly happened?

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This is not because you were removed, but a user who upvoted you (granting you 10 rep) was removed, and with that all the rep the user has spread will be removed as well.

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    Correct. It'd be nice if the message was phrased "User who upvoted you was removed"
    – Chris S
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 13:23
  • That would be a nice wording, indeed. Unfortunately 1) I cannot accept this comment as an answer. 2) The answer for this "question" would be if someone changed the website :)
    – wigy
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 11:26

I think it's fine as worded because the definition you were first inclined to apply is a non sequitur and quickly eliminated.

If your user wasn't removed, and that would make no sense as a reason for reputation to be subtracted from an account that hasn't removed, then it's a very simple jump to it being someone else's user.

  • I agree with Andrew on formal logic. Unfortunately even developers are sometimes irrationally behaving humans. Aaaand I have even seen an application that had actual bugs. So I did not have your conclusion without further investigation of what actually could happen.
    – wigy
    Commented May 31, 2014 at 11:28

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