I'm not sure what the reputation message "-5 User was removed" means?

Is it that a user had upvoted my question and was deleted from TeX.SE? That would be funny because (as I remember) I asked two questions and neither the first nor the second has an lower upvote.

I can't find informations to this in the faq or in meta. Can someone please explain this?

  • Funny, I just got that message for the first time this afternoon. It must be new.
    – Ryan Reich
    Aug 16, 2012 at 20:01
  • I just got this message today :)
    – cmhughes
    Nov 6, 2012 at 22:15
  • I got this message today, and was afraid my own account was frozen or 'removed' somehow... whew.
    – einpoklum
    Oct 9, 2013 at 15:39

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Looking at the mod-only data, and taking a look at the total votes for A font to typeset proofreader's marks in LaTeX?, I think you are right and a user was expunged. The votes on the question seemed to be 'out by one' when I checked, but then 'sorted themselves out'. That suggests a slight lag somewhere, but does point to your explanation being correct.


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