Seeing a very similar new question, How should I stop spam robots? with a dupe close vote, I quickly looked up another question I was familiar with to add to the pile. I think having more than one link show up when the question is closed as duplicate is very useful. Here it is, and this is the question I'll be referring to: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4683117/alternative-to-annoying-captcha-in-forms-how-to-smell-the-difference-between-a-h/4683182.
I was surprised to see that it:
- Was closed as "not constructive"
- Has 4 delete votes and no reopen votes.
What exactly is wrong with this question? I can barely see how it might be "not constructive", but definitely can't see why there are 4 delete votes (and I thought 3 votes were enough to delete it anyways). By the way, the single reopen vote is mine - so obviously no one else who has seen it felt the way I do either.
I have thrown this post on the "possible duplicate" pile to help the owner of the new question because there are a lot of useful answers and ideas there, but it seems to be in danger of being deleted. Here's the comment from the moderator who closed it:
This post has been protected from closure numerous times by bounties, and received a number of moderator flags. Since it's already gotten 33 answers, I'm going to refund the bounty and close. - Robert Harvey♦ Jul 18 at 15:03
I can't fathom what could possibly be so wrong with this question that it even has delete votes, whereas this one remains open: Blocking comment spam without using captcha.
Can anyone explain?