This is how I believe deathcount works, which conflicts with the official statement by Blair and is in line with philosopher's post (which I borrow from). I will try to simplify things for everyone:
Ok. There are two types of death:
1. deaths that decay
2. deaths that do not decay
There are different death "zones." for each of the Jedi trees as follows:
Initiate zones are:
[1,2,3] [4,5,6] [7,8] 
Apprentice zones are:
[1,2,3,4] [5,6] 
Guardian zones are:
Now you see the green numbers? Those numbers will not hurt you. If you never go higher than those numbers on /deathcount then you will never lose a skill.
Deaths will decay 1 week from when you die. Each has its own 1 week decay timer.
As an initiate, if you ever reach 4 tracked deaths, you are now on the path to skill loss. You see, once you hit that [4,5,6] bracket number 4 is in, you can't get out, it has you in its clutches. Your deathcount can decay back to 0, but it doesn't care, you are trapped in that bracket, and after 2 more deaths you will lose a skill no matter what.
If your tracked deaths went to 5, you would likewise lose a skill on your next death no matter what.
So lets say you are a Jedi Initiate and you die 4 times in a row because a group of bounty hunters camped you at the cloning station. .
/deathcount tells you there are 4 tracked deaths, and like I said, you are now trapped in the [4,5,6] bracket.
You wait a week, and the next time you use /deathcount it says "You have 0 tracked deaths."
You proceed to die 2 times and lose a skill. /deathcount would look you straight in the face and tell you without blinking:
"You have 2 tracked deaths."
You are now free of the [4,5,6] bracket, and are back in the green [1,2,3] zone. If your tracked deaths rise to 4 again, you will be trapped in that bracket until you die twice and lose another skill.
If you were to die 7 times in a row as an initiate, you would have lost a skill at the 6th death and would now be trapped in the [7,8] bracket.
Even if all your deaths decay to 0 you will lose a skill on your next death, and then will again be back in the safe green zone [1,2,3].
Is that clear?
Message Edited by ArjunThakur on 03-21-2004 10:46 AM