I was just wondering why my reputation hasn't changed after I deleted two downvoted answers and one downvoted question.

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    Just fyi meta up votes won't bring you reputation ;)
    – Helmar
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 8:53
  • You should note that it takes some time for lost reputation to be recovered.
    – user140086
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 9:52

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From what I can see of your reputation, you do appear to have recovered the losses incurred from downvoting.

With the baptism/christening question, your November 22 answer and your November 23 answer have both had their reputation penalties restored.

Your "exact origin of the English language" question resulted in a net movement of reputation of zero on November 25.

We don't normally post screenshots of what moderators see, so I don't particularly want to do that. But I can't see any error in the way the system has handled the reputation calculations here. It is a stable, robust and tested mechanism.

This is the time, though, to restate a warning about deleting badly-received posts. They still count in the automatic quality check. Rather than removing posts, you should attempt to improve them. With off-topic questions, it can be difficult to make them on-topic, so you need to be sure to post on-topic questions in the first place (but you removed your question without the community deciding it was off-topic). There is a question on MSE, the network-wide meta.stackexchange, about the post bans which can result from too many low-quality posts: deleting them only makes it more difficult to recover the situation because they remain low-quality.

I can't tell whether you're in any danger of triggering the post ban: I don't know what its criteria are; it's automatic and it just happens. You may be OK at the moment. But if you try and model your questions and answers on upvoted posts by high-rep users, you may receive more upvotes and find that you feel fewer deletions are necessary.

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