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I've read the answer[1] regarding the rules of deletion, and specifically "popularity".

The new rules:

  • 10k rep users get 5 deletion votes per day on questions they don't own - deletion rules on questions one does own are still in effect
  • popular questions require more deletion votes to be deleted, at a ratio of 20:1 - a question's popularity is defined by the sum of its score plus all its answers' scores. For example, a question with score 20 will require 4 deletion votes (3 base votes + 1 popularity vote).

However, when I look at this revision log, I see that the question was deleted by 10 people, despite it having over 1000 points between the question and the top answer alone.

Have the rules changed? Is there a maximum user count?

Could we get clarification?

[1] Note: This answer is linked at the relevant page!

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There was a comment today by NullUserException that it takes maximum 10 votes to delete anything. – ben is uǝq backwards Nov 4 '12 at 21:02
Why exactly was this question undeleted ? It is the mother of all not constructive questions. WHY !? – teresko Nov 4 '12 at 21:03
@teresko Because it was an excellent question about JavaScript frameworks – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 4 '12 at 21:10
.. with extremely biased answers – teresko Nov 4 '12 at 21:15
@teresko So what? It was already closed, why go on this witch hunt? – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 4 '12 at 21:15
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Because extremely biased answers are misleading. Everyone that lands in that crapfest will be misinformed, and this isn't really what SO is about now, is it? – Yannis Nov 4 '12 at 21:20
@YannisRizos IMO the answers are not biased at all and some of them have very valuable information. Deletion was not necessary, and probably harmful in this case. – NullUserException อ_อ Nov 4 '12 at 21:25
@NullUserExceptionอ_อ Heh, I like how Dojo does everything right. Not to mention that several answers are extremely outdated. But, to be perfectly honest, I don't really care. – Yannis Nov 4 '12 at 21:33
And now the answers are all guaranteed to become obsolete, since it is locked. I just don't get the point of keeping these around. – Rosinante Nov 5 '12 at 2:27
up vote 4 down vote accepted

From Reputation and Historical Archives:

Third, it should be easier for the community to both delete AND undelete most questions. Previously, it could take hundreds of votes to remove some of these extremely popular questions – that sounds good, but in practice it just meant folks gave up voting and asked moderators to delete for them. Creating more grief for moderators and less democracy was never the intention – from here on out, it will take at least three and at most 10 votes to delete even the most popular questions, and an equivalent number to undelete them.

The change was in response to about a week of ugliness on Meta Stack Overflow, that started when people started noticing their reputation decreasing, due to the recent changes in the reputation system, and ended (?) with the Community-led deletionism: a protocol for sanity discussion.

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This should be part of the faq. – Madara Uchiha Nov 4 '12 at 21:05
@Madara, it is... or you literally just put it there :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Nov 4 '12 at 21:07
@Ben: Now it is, after I put it there (look at the revisions) :) – Madara Uchiha Nov 4 '12 at 21:09

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