My profile summary page currently says 3668 upvotes while votes->upvotes sub tab (dev team only link) counts less than that - 3544.

3668-3544=124 - as far as I understand this difference could be due to deleted posts, does that mean more than 100 posts I upvoted during last one and half year are all deleted?

Per my past observations deletion indeed decreases the count, I only don't know if there's anything else besides that could also cause the miss (eg like it was with expiration in this bug report posted at MSO).

For the record, I also tried to check if this could somehow relate to deleted users but it appears to be not the case. My favorite "good one-liner example" that was posted by now-deleted user shows my upvote just the way it was cast in April 2012.

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    I'm missing 300+ upvotes, if this turns out to be deletions I'll give those crazed moderators a talking to... Oh, wait!
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 10:40
  • @YannisRizos well as long as these all are indeed deletions (and not a result of some weird bug that misses stuff) I wouldn't mind. Is there a way to somehow check that? I didn't mention but I've also got a few thousands downvoted posts missing in a similar fashion. That is also (even more:) imaginable but I would like to make sure it's indeed so
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 10:49
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    Well, I guess you could point me to a couple of posts you've upvoted, I could delete them and see what happens (ping me in chat, we can fool around with each other's answers). But I've already ping a SE employee to see your question, this might be by design.
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 10:51
  • @YannisRizos thanks! if SE guy confirms this is by design, I'd be happy with that. BTW per my past observations deletion indeed decreases the count, I only don't know if there's anything else besides that could also cause the miss (like it was with vote expiration in bug report I referred to in prior comment)
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 10:55
  • related post at MSO: “Votes cast” should include votes on deleted contributions
    – gnat
    Commented Feb 12, 2014 at 8:17

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You have up-voted 124 deleted posts. Such votes do show up in your totals, and also count toward various badges; they have the additional advantage of not counting toward the daily voting limit.

They don't show up on your profile's votes tab, because that would mean showing you links to deleted posts - that would equate to giving you broken links on your profile which would be bad.

For comparison, you've down-voted 4,587 deleted posts.

  • Will that behavior change when gnat clears the 10k reputation threshold?
    – user53019
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 17:11
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    Interestingly, no - deleted posts are never shown on the votes tab, regardless of how much reputation the owner has.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 17:15
  • Thanks for the answer. I would file a bug request on that except I couldn't prove it at my current reputation. ;-)
    – user53019
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 17:17
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    I don't know that I'd consider this a bug - IIRC, the only place we display deleted posts anywhere on a profile are the favorites and reputation pages, and for the latter you have to opt-in; generally-speaking, it's something we try to avoid.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 17:34
  • thanks, these numbers make a perfect proof that things work as I expected
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 17:43
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    "deleted posts are never shown" makes good sense for arbitrarily high rep user because my understanding is, these are intended to be available only by direct link. Any sort of "list" would kind of trash the purpose
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 19:21
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    @gnat: right - like I said, there are only two places I'm aware of where you can see them, and those are sorta anomalous (i.e., probably mistakes).
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 23:11
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    Well, there's the flag history page too - that can contain quite a lot of links to deleted contents. (/cc @gnat)
    – Mat
    Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 9:15
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    (And yes, two years later) just noting that links to deleted posts are visible to 10k users on the close, reopen, delete, and undelete vote tabs. The only vote tabs that don't show deleted posts are up and down.
    – user40980
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 19:09
  • Yeah, we finally fixed that a little while ago (after getting massively sidetracked on the first attempt) @MichaelT
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 1:40

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