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While looking through the anonymous post feedback for my questions and answers I noticed that I had deleted some answers (spring cleaning of duplicates, etc) which had received positive feedback from anonymous users.

An absence of upvotes or excessive downvotes may signal a need to delete your post, however, if anonymous feedback indicates the opposite then that post may be a candidate to keep open and improve.

For these reasons, I'm proposing that when a user goes to delete their question or answer that they are alerted if there is positive anonymous feedback for their post.

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would this apply to self-deletion, deletion of other users' content, or both? – Servy Sep 26 '12 at 20:46
Wow, thanks for pointing out that query. I should probably go through and purge some of my posts with negative feedback... – Mysticial Sep 26 '12 at 20:47
@Servy: I originally worded it 'their', but likely this is useful information to any deletion. – user7116 Sep 26 '12 at 20:48
Probably not relevant to the question at all, but I think the query should also pull the +/- vote counts on the post as well, and whether it was accepted. The first few I looked at where there was "unhelpful" anonymous feedback, there was either higher "helpful" anonymous feedback, or the answer had multiple up-votes / accepted, or both. So great query, but if folks want to be proactive about it this extra information would be useful. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 26 '12 at 20:54
What an interesting query. I have an unhelpful flag on an accepted answer with +63/-0. Also multiple "unhelpful" flags on a number of other well received (but less spectacular) answers. Gotta wonder what that is all about. – dmckee Sep 27 '12 at 1:31
@dmckee: I've seen similar things on my higher rated answers. Although, I had a +2 question that had 3 unhelpfuls, so I went and deleted it. It was old and off topic by current standards, so good riddance. – user7116 Sep 27 '12 at 2:51

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