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When an answer gets below a certain threshold users with the correct privileges are able to vote to delete.

On questions this only happens if the question is closed

I am proposing creating a threshold for allowance of delete votes before the question is closed.

This could possibly be a 20 or 15K privilege.
I am suggesting a threshold of -10

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I don't read why you propose it. Is the current system not sufficient? Does this solve any problems? –  Bart Aug 7 '12 at 13:07
    
@Bart I propose it due to the fact that some really bad questions somehow do not get closed, but they do acquire many downvotes –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 7 '12 at 13:10
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If you cant get the close votes, what makes you think that you can get the delete votes? –  Josh Mein Aug 7 '12 at 13:11
    
@JoshMein you could be surprised.... –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 7 '12 at 13:12
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-10....time to delete? –  Jim Aug 7 '12 at 13:41
    
@Jim that may be.... –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 7 '12 at 13:51
    
Hey, welcome back to Meta! –  Yannis Aug 7 '12 at 15:47
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@YannisRizos ha.... thanks.... :-\ I see i was missed :-( –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 7 '12 at 15:47
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up vote 20 down vote accepted

Questions should in most cases be closed before being deleted, the only exception is spam or offensive content. For those there are the flags that cause deletion, so manual deletion is usually not necessary.

In all other cases, allowing quicker deletion instead of just closure could make it harder for the community to review such decisions. Deleted questions are nearly invisible, they don't get the kind of review merely closed questions can. Allowing users to delete questions without closing them is also likely to be thoroughly confusing to the owner of the question.

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And it makes it more difficult for the Reopen system to work. –  Almo Aug 7 '12 at 13:18
    
@Almo well there are undelete votes –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 7 '12 at 13:20
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True, but as Mad Scientist said, deleted questions are almost invisible. –  Almo Aug 7 '12 at 13:21
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@amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA Deleted questions are extremely hard to find if you aren't a mod and don't have the direct link. It is pretty much impossible for the community to properly review question deletions –  Mad Scientist Aug 7 '12 at 13:21
    
@MadScientist that is true.... –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 7 '12 at 13:24
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