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When a user performs multiple self-deletes on answers he has provided, the Community User flags them in the 10K/mod queue.

However, sometimes these users are simply getting rid of low-quality posts.
I think that it would be a good idea to limit these automatic flags to cases where the self deletion occurs on a post with a score of >=1.

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Hm, probably you should just decline Community's bad flags with a custom decline message, explaining the situation. I've heard she's a fast learner. – Yannis Jun 24 '12 at 13:16
I'd decline it with a nice ascii trollface, but a single-line edit box is not really good for this :p – ThiefMaster Jun 24 '12 at 13:17
How often do these "self deletion" flags get raised? – Lix Jun 24 '12 at 13:49
@Lix: Not too often, but it happens regularly. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jun 24 '12 at 14:32
@YannisRizos I have never known Community is a she. Now, somebody could say "picture, or it has never happened." ;) – kiamlaluno Jun 24 '12 at 16:12

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I am not a mod, nor a 10Ker. My opinions here are solely based upon my experience on the site and my interactions with more veteran users and moderators.

I disagree with you for these reasons -

A theory once mentioned to me about flagging by a certain moderator states that it's better to raise an ultimately un-needed flag than it is to not raise a flag at all. It's better to mark a flag as "unhelpful" than it is to miss a post really in need of a flag...

I agree with you that self deletion is very possibly a responsible action by a responsible user trying to keep the site clean but without manually verifying the deletion it would be impossible to differentiate a clean-up effort from rage quitting (where a user goes through all his content and deletes his/her posts)...

IMO, it would be "safer" to leave this functionality intact and leave the "decision making" to the human exception handlers.

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However, sometimes users simply get rid of low-quality posts so I think it would be a good idea to only raise this flag if answers with a score >=1 were deleted.

I don't think "Nobody upvoted this." is a reliable indicator for low quality. Nobody upvoted it yet.

I have a couple of answers with a score of 0 that I know to be correct and potentially helpful. The first upvote might come after quite some time, and the answer help somebody eventually.

However, I think little of what I said above applies to answers that have been downvoted. Raising the flag only if answers with a non-negative score or old answers with a positive score have been deleted sounds better to me.

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Similarly, one downvote or one upvote is also not the best indication... – Lix Jun 24 '12 at 14:08
A single vote isn't a reliable indicator for anything, but I think good answers with a score of -1 are far less common. And you can't really blame somebody for getting rid of all the answers that cost him reputation... – Dennis Jun 24 '12 at 14:17
Good answers with a score of -1 are about as common as strategic dowvoters... I guess it all depends on the situation... – Lix Jun 24 '12 at 14:20

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