Currently, everyone can delete their own question
- Which has zero answers
- Which has only one answer, and that answer has received no upvote
I ask for a modification of the second clause to prevent the OP from deleting an answered question for 24 hours after the last (not yet deleted) answer was posted.
It happened to me, and to others as well, that a relevant question of reasonable quality was asked, some time consuming research went into creating an answer, and as soon as that answer was posted, the OP deleted the question and thus also the answer.
This behavior is hard to provide feedback on, or to moderate for multiple reasons.
- The community loses content (the question and the answer) without having a realistic time zone independent chance to notice or vote on it.
- The author of the answer immediately loses access to his work
- There is no natural way to contact the OP without spamming unrelated questions.
- There is no way to flag the behavior as deleted questions are not flaggable by ordinary mortals
- The current UI does not discourage this behavior in any way, so it may not even be intentional.
I believe that even a relatively short protection period is sufficient to ensure an upvote on any high quality answer; but, more importantly, habitual or intentional answer snatching will become less practical; and honest question posters will better understand the public purpose of the site.
(While this does make it a little harder to delete an own question after the OP genuinely changed their mind, there is a plenty of better ways of stopping to make a fool of oneself: improving one's question through edits, self-answering it, asking the answer owner for cooperation on deletion, waiting a day before deletion, or flagging the question for closure.)