What, if any, are the consequences of removing users with Contributor status from your WordPress.com blog if they have published posts associated with their names?
I've searched the forum here but didn't find a clear answer and checking the FAQ provides a warning but a strangely unclear and non-specific one:
"Be careful what roles you give people, especially if you want them to be an Editor or joint Administrator. Promoting someone is easy - removing a role is much harder."
What is the definition of "much harder" here on WordPress.com?
I know in the standalone version of WordPress if you remove a Contributor you can default their articles to you as the blog Admin, but is that the same case on WP.com?
Yesterday, I was ready to remove a user but I didn't get the expected warning here I had on my standalone blog that said something like "if you remove this user you need to reassign their posts or they will be deleted..."
If I remove a Contributor on WP.com what happens? Do their posts stay or get deleted? Do their comments stay or get deleted? Can I reassign authorship of their posts or not?
EDITED TO ADD: I did not delete the Contributor yesterday because I was uncertain of the end result.