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One of the few things we know about the automatic ban mechanism is that it penalizes for self-deletes of content less than 30 days old.

While generously applying my daily quota of delete votes on horrible questions, it occurred to me that I might also be penalizing the user in some way. I could understand why this would be a good thing, but it makes me slightly uneasy.

My understanding of the self-delete penalty is that it targets users that post bad content, delete it, then try reposting it. If that's the real intent, then I wouldn't imagine that non-self-deletes would count in the same way. On the other hand, if you post something so terrible that the community or a diamond-mod decide it's not even worth keeping, that's gotta count, right?

Thus the question: do community deletes and moderator deletes count towards the auto-ban mechanism in the same way that self-deletes do?

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Well, not sure about the exact same way (there might be some weighting going on that I'm not aware of), but questions deleted by other users or moderators definitely count.

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Thanks Anna! This may lead me to be a bit more judicious in voting to delete. Or not. – Charles Dec 11 '12 at 22:33

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