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Today I was looking at the question of this user. The question was pretty simple, he was looking for the eval function in not knowing of it's existence. He received a comment and while I was finishing reading the question, I saw him commenting

Thanks, eval() is what I was looking for.

and then he deleted his question. In my opinion, such behavior isn't appropriate. So, should I just ignore this or can I do something about it?

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First, true, that behavior is not appropriate, flag the user for Mod-Attention...second, that question isn't appropriate either. – Time Traveling Bobby Jun 11 '12 at 11:31
Yeah, I'd just let it go. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 11 '12 at 11:32
A good starting point for the whole "what to do with rage quits/vandalism" family is this question: What to do when the OP mutilates their own question? – Time Traveling Bobby Jun 11 '12 at 11:32
flag the user for Mod-Attention - I am unable to find such option in a user's profile :( – Andrius Naruševičius Jun 11 '12 at 11:35
Flag abusive users – Time Traveling Bobby Jun 11 '12 at 11:36
Also, be aware that deleting of (downvoted) questions will lead to the phenomenon of "The Mysterious Appearing Duplicates" of this question. Also, no need to flag anything anymore, since you've come to Meta anyway (not the normal way). – Time Traveling Bobby Jun 11 '12 at 11:38
Don't forget that a low reputation user who does this too often will be automatically question-banned. – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 11 '12 at 12:09
@AndriusNaruševičius -- – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Jun 11 '12 at 13:01
"I am unable to find such option in a user's profile " There is not option to flag a user...go to some item of their content, flag there and explain in the comment field. – dmckee Jun 11 '12 at 14:24
Thank you for advice, everyone :) – Andrius Naruševičius Jun 11 '12 at 14:38
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The user may generally be acting out of many possible motivations.

  • Honest attempt to delete a subpar question
  • Embarrassment of some kind
  • Misunderstanding of the purpose of the site ("thanks, problem solved")
  • Covering tracks (homework, interviews, contests, trade secrets)
  • Annoyance at a comment or answer
  • Vampire style of doing his job (like this)

You have also multiple way to quash your mild frustration.

  • Ignore the occasional incident
  • Find their question in browser history, post it under your own name and self-answer it.
  • Ever answer only questions by well known posters.
  • Use a comment at some unrelated post by that person to ask them to undelete
  • Use a free form flag at some unrelated post by that person to point moderators to the person or question
  • Fill some kind of a feature request here at meta

There is probably not a single interpretation of this phenomenon. It is relatively common to edit or delete own answers based on comments. Sometimes, a comment in place of an answer is deliberately used to encourage some action on the part of the OP.

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I'm getting a massive deja vu over this answer... – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 11 '12 at 21:47
Hi @Ben, I thought I'd get to understanding your comment with time and SO experience, but I didn't make it so far. Should we improve/close/replace the question/answer in any specific way? – Jirka Hanika Sep 2 '12 at 19:15

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