I've responded to this question (the link is for 10k users; the cached version before removal is here), and put quite some effort into my answer that received 2 votes. I wanted to look at it again and, saw that the question was deleted, from my answers list, from my activity and reputation history.

Everything was deleted in such a short time!
You might argue that the question was put wrong, but I tried to handle it in the answer, and I tried to lead the OP. And the question with all answers was deleted without any discussion. This means I wasted my time completely and it won't help anyone.

I don't think this is a good way to motivate people to answer questions on Stak Overflow.

Update after Jeff's answer: I found the question quite straightforward and complete enough to formulate my answer and lead the OP. And I think it could help the OP. If this is not the purpose of the site, just correct me. I think the responder is the one to define whether the question was specific enough or not. (Moreover, there were similar questions like this one in the past, so I think it is useful also for others, and not too localized.)

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As an aside, "WITH NO TRACES" isn't entirely true. Any user with at least 10k rep can see any deleted posts and these posts are not actually removed from the database - it's just that those of us with less than 10k can't see them at the moment. –  DMA57361 Sep 21 '11 at 8:51
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also, answering such poorly asked questions teaches people they can do no work to ask a good, complete question and get a great answer. This is a very bad thing to encourage. –  Jeff Atwood Sep 21 '11 at 8:55
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The Page-Not-Found-Page clearly states This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation.. If it was removed without a trace it would just state that page could not be found. –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 21 '11 at 8:58
    
@Padded, DMA57, ok, I changed the title. –  Tomas Sep 21 '11 at 9:04
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@padded also, that "question was removed" message links explicitly to stackoverflow.com/faq#deletion –  Jeff Atwood Sep 21 '11 at 9:12
    
@JeffAtwood: "Atwood! What is best in life?" –  Won't Sep 21 '11 at 13:27
    
Also a similar question is here stackoverflow.com/questions/2654967/… –  Tomas Feb 17 '12 at 11:42
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I want to write an algorithm that will do a number of steps, but if the timer reaches a certain hour, the program must stop running.

Could you show me how to do that? I am not sure where or how to place such a timer control.

This is the complete text of the "question", after 7 hours. Oh, and it has exactly one tag: . No language, no nothing.

You should avoid answering questions that are so obviously incomplete -- they are always at risk of removal. Furthermore, answering such poorly asked questions teaches people they can do no work to ask a good, complete question and get a great answer. This is a very bad thing to encourage.

At most you should leave a comment prodding the OP to improve their question.

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So...we're now calling these questions "incomplete"? –  Time Traveling Bobby Sep 21 '11 at 8:56
    
I would prefer to just Close the question, but good point about teaching a lesson. –  Shadow Wizard Sep 21 '11 at 9:02
    
@Jeff, I found the question quite straightforward and complete enough to formulate my answer and lead the OP. And I think it could help the OP. If this is not the purpose of the site, just correct me. I think the responder is the one to define whether the question was specific enough or not. (Moreover, there were similar questions like this one in the past, so I think it is useful also for others - and not too localized). –  Tomas Sep 21 '11 at 9:08
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@tomas my deletion should tell you the answer to your question. If you want to help, leave a comment encouraging the OP ask a better question in the first place. –  Jeff Atwood Sep 21 '11 at 9:11
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@PaddedCell, yes. Probably because of this :) –  Benjol Sep 21 '11 at 10:50
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