It happens sometimes; you answer or ask a question, but people don't like it. You get downvotes. Hiding your head in shame, you delete your post, so that no one knows about this. Do you get your points back/lose points you've gained?

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    I love the narrative. :D Although in an ideal world, you wouldn't delete a downvoted answer because it was unpopular/shameful, but because (and only if) it contained misleading or inaccurate information. That's highly theoretical, of course.
    – Wildcard
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 21:08
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    @Wildcard In theory there's no difference between theory and practice. In practice, however...
    – Jenny D
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 15:42

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Mostly yes, deleting a post nullifies any reputation changes caused by votes cast on it. More details are given in the community FAQ:

Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), and acceptances 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.
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    Ah, interesting. I was not aware of these exceptions. Should I delete my answer? Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 14:10
  • @FaheemMitha up to you
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 14:10

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