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This question: Where can I find a vertical menu like google? seemed perfectly legit, and It has a few good answers.

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Maybe he was on an anti-"Give me teh codez" rampage? –  Won't Sep 15 '11 at 14:36
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Judging from the title, it is not a perfectly legit question...we're a problem-solving-community and not a search-machine. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 15 '11 at 14:36
    
@Straitjacked - should we be voting to close/flagging all of these style questions? They come up alot and usually get answered with no votes from what I've seen. I just ignore them unless they're in a tag I read a lot (but they're rarer in those) –  Flexo Sep 15 '11 at 14:50
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@awoodland: Yes, they fall under the downvote-category shows little research effort and most of the time people didn't even try before asking. Additionally they add very little value as the 'answers' are temporary and can change within days. And they of course do not have a definitive answer. But there are exceptions, but you normally recognize them very easily and would never think about downvoting them. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 15 '11 at 15:01
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  1. Because they completely fail to reach even the lowest imaginable quality bar.

  2. Because they are egregiously off-topic per the FAQ

  3. Because they were flagged, downvoted, etc by the community

  4. Because the presence of this question is a broken window, implying that we tolerate extremely low quality content on our sites

  5. Because we trust moderators to make decisions that protect and uphold the quality of their communities

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It shows little research, no concrete problem besides "show me the code". Basically, it really doesn't have much value: I voted to close as Too Localized (although Not Constructive would have been good too). Jeff just beat the 4 other people needed to close it to the punch.

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I see nothing that @Jeff voted to close, i just see that he deleted it. Should it not have been closed by the community 1st? Then someone could delete to their heart's content. –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Sep 15 '11 at 14:37
    
Err, I guess I'll elaborate: I was the vote to close! Jeff just came in and realized it didn't need to wait for 4 more. –  user7116 Sep 15 '11 at 14:38
    
ok, so why did he not put his 2 cents in and vote to close? instead he just blatantly deleted the question! –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Sep 15 '11 at 14:39
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@Neal: Because he's the boss and a moderator. He can make those decisions. –  staticx Sep 15 '11 at 14:41
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@0A0D -- It is supposed to be community run, not a dictatorship. –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Sep 15 '11 at 14:42
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A moderator's 2 cents is binding. If they feel it should be deleted, then poof. If I was in a position to do so, I'd have deleted as well. But I'm not put in positions where I can do these things, because I'd do lots of poof. –  user7116 Sep 15 '11 at 14:42
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@Neal: I imagine him, stuck at home with the new baby, silently going crazy until he says to himself, "I have to delete something." And then he goes and deletes something and is okay for another few hours. –  Won't Sep 15 '11 at 14:48
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@Neal: This is not some sh¡††y forum, it is a high quality Q&A site. We want good questions and answers, actually excellent. –  staticx Sep 15 '11 at 14:51
    
@Won't: So that's why everyone changes their names on Meta...so that he can't lock his delete-and-forget-missiles on. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 15 '11 at 14:51
    
@StraitJacket - I never got the memo about that.... I have the same name on all SE sites. –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Sep 15 '11 at 15:02
    
@Neal: Then here you go. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 15 '11 at 15:03
    
@Neal: As far as I know, SE is community driven, that's a slight difference there. I also don't see how this relates to a dictation in any way. By the way...this is a dictation, we're just allowed to state our opinions and wishes, but the company (stack exchange inc) decides what's happening and what's going to happen. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 15 '11 at 15:17
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I have no problem whatsoever with Jeff deleting obviously, clearly crap content. Quite the contrary, I think it's great one of the owners takes so much interest in the quality of the site. It's one of the reasons why I'm here. –  Pëkka Sep 15 '11 at 15:21
    
@pekka - indeed...that question was....crap...wish I'd got there first. –  Kev Sep 15 '11 at 15:32
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@Neal - the site IS community run/driven. And the community has by and large demonstrated that its perfectly happy for questions that don't so much to clear the quality bar as whack themselves in the head with it repeatedly to be closed and deleted as soon as reasonably possible. –  RobM Sep 15 '11 at 17:45
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