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Recently (as in today) the mods seems to be deleting every closed answer I have answered:

mods on a roll

The problem is, my rep is taking a serious hit. I was >2600, now I'm down to 2550, and at the rate it's going, it won't be long and I will drop below 2500 - and I was really hoping to close some stuff.

Could some 10k users check this out, make sure that it's not some riled up 20k/mod user after me? For your reference, the links are here, here and here (one of my top voted answers, not shown in screenshot).

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Stop answering crappy, subjective questions? PS - none of those questions were deleted by moderators. –  animuson May 11 '13 at 1:27
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If you are that concerned about your rep, I'd suggest you focus on answering questions that aren't close worthy. Also, 48 points isn't a "serious hit". –  Yannis May 11 '13 at 1:28
    
Note that it requires at least 3 20k users to delete a question. Some of the delete voters were shared between the questions, but it is more likely they were responding to the same flags. –  David Robinson May 11 '13 at 1:28
    
OK, it seems it's not that. Is the same person flagging my answered questions over and over? –  Undo the Snowman May 11 '13 at 1:29
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Cool it with the attitude animuson –  George W Bush May 11 '13 at 1:30
    
it won't be long and I will drop below 2500 - and I was really hoping to close some stuff. -- there's kind of irony in this. –  AAA May 11 '13 at 1:31
    
@djechlin Yes, I know. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice :) –  Undo the Snowman May 11 '13 at 1:31
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20k users don't have any way of telling who flagged the posts (moderators would, though). On the other hand, are you really surprised your answer here, which is a long explanation of how to use Google, got deleted? –  David Robinson May 11 '13 at 1:32
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FWIW, none of these deletions were directly in response to flags. Some community members do revisit older, closed questions and vote to delete them just as a way of cleaning up (there are tools available to 10K users that can assist in this). –  Shogging through the snow May 11 '13 at 1:43
    
^^ exactly, its nothing personal. No mod is out to get you, on my review its the opposite. Its simply a case of bad questions. –  Jeremy Thompson May 11 '13 at 3:43
    
ask them to put your questions on the list : meta.stackexchange.com/q/73455/155223 –  BЈовић May 11 '13 at 11:11

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You should assume that closed questions will eventually be deleted. This is not always true, but it's a common outcome.

If you've answered a question which may be considered inappropriate, you should consider two actions to prevent the closing and deletion of the question (and your answer with it):

  1. Edit the question to make it clearly on-topic and constructive (also fix any glaring grammar or formatting issues, since those never help).

  2. If the question is not a programming question but would be on-topic for a different Stack Exchange site then flag it and suggest migration (for instance, App Store questions may be better-received on Programmers).

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Thanks. Have there been a bunch of deletions today? –  Undo the Snowman May 11 '13 at 2:18
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There are a bunch of deletions every day. –  Shogging through the snow May 11 '13 at 2:19
    
OK, I get it. Just was kind of shocked for most of them that I'm involved in to happen today :) Now to watch my Meta rep decline in response to this question... :) –  Undo the Snowman May 11 '13 at 2:21

This isn't a problem. 50 rep is not a serious hit and you're kind of doing this:

So many husbands

Anyway, I'm going to give you the rather officious advice that "someone is out to get me" appear very far down your list of troubleshooting strategies. It's reminiscent of blaming the compiler in your first few weeks of C. This should have all come to your mind before trying to figure out if there is a miscreant in the community:

  • Do you understand why questions are deleted?
  • Do you understand why the questions were of low quality?
  • Do you understand how questions are deleted?

If these all pass, next up:

  • Have you found an explanation for the judgment calls, even if they strike you as erratic?
  • Have you reached out to the community (e.g. posting on meta) trying to figure out what happened?

If you have a meta post where everyone is confused as to why your questions are deleted, that is when it's appropriate to ask someone to "look into it" and make sure there's no weird system bugs or anyone out to get you. Right now, it's like we're writers of a C compiler, and you just asked us what's wrong with our compiler when your program to calculate interest payments failed.

Regarding the policy itself, if you want this policy changed you're going to have to make a serious case for why our deletion policy needs to change. Or why users should retain rep for deleted questions and answers - when we delete a question we're kind of saying it doesn't really attest to, well, a user's reputation.

Anyway as it stands your question is just a personal gripe. It won't get any sympathy unless you think and articulate that there is a problem with our policy that is hurting the site. As far as I can tell, you just got a somewhat sore push to focus your efforts on higher quality questions, which means poor quality questions will get fewer answers and higher quality questions will get more answers... which is exactly what we want.

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Join the club.

Deleted answers

Damn moderators.

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Where is this list? –  Undo the Snowman May 11 '13 at 2:53
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@Undo Those are my own most highly voted answers. stackoverflow.com/users/1288/bill-the-lizard?tab=answers –  Bill the Lizard May 11 '13 at 2:55
    
Ugh. Poor you. Doesn't it make you want to ban the poor souls for the next 4 years? –  Undo the Snowman May 11 '13 at 2:57
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@Undo Nah, easy come easy go. You can tell from the titles that none of those questions were really that good. The standards that we have now hadn't been established back in 2008-09. –  Bill the Lizard May 11 '13 at 3:01
    
I want to see this question reopened: What language has the longest "Hello world" program? --- How is this subjective and not within the rules of the site? (obviously assuming we do not get into doing the programming trickery)... –  Aditya May 11 '13 at 6:24
    
@aditya Probably not on topic because there's no specific problem to solve, and we all hate fun. Might be interesting for Code Golf though. –  slhck May 11 '13 at 7:54
    
@slhck: There is no specific problem to solve simply doesn't mean they would become off-topic/not-constructive - take for example the questions like "what is xyz?" (-- What is a metaclass in Python?). Moreover, it might be fun but the question seems useful to me. –  Aditya May 11 '13 at 8:05

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