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

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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.

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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.
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Once I deleted my own answer on SO within a few minutes. Reason being, I missed one character in OP's regex and answered somewhat incorrectly. Downvotes started coming in with the speed of light, so immediately had to hit the delete button. :) Now I know, my action may have triggered this flag. Thats the best part of being on MSO, one gets a sneekpeak of goodies available to the high rep users :)

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Actually, a single deletion will not trigger this flag. You have to delete or edit more than a couple of your answers in a rather short period of time. (But yes, this is an advantage of Meta!) –  Cody Gray Aug 13 '11 at 9:36

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