Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I have just reached 10k and started to review flags.

I have seen at least 3 flags like

possible vandalism of own posts; deletion in short time
.......             ...........
.......             ...........
.......             ...........

why do these users vandalise their own posts? Can somebody give me an example why would they do that?

share|improve this question
up vote 14 down vote accepted

It depends on the context; sometimes (usually, perhaps) it is simply users checking on a few answers and removing posts that have faults (maybe someone has noted flaws in comments, and better answers exist).

Sometimes it is a rage-quit; that is the real reason there is an automatic flag if the system spots this pattern. If people want to leave, that is up to them -but we'd prefer it if they didn't damage their answers in the process. We spot mass edits for similar reasons.

share|improve this answer

It is difficult to interpret the actions of users without speaking to them, so there can be any number of reasons for this:

  • Users decide they don't want to participate in the site any more and decide to delete their content instead of using the correct route to account deletion.
  • A user gets negatively voted on some of their questions/answers and decides to lash out at the site.
  • Occasionally it isn't vandalism, they are just pruning what they consider bad questions/answers, even if the community might find them useful.
share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .