You may remember this discussion from March: Can we nuke this “too localized” question?
The discussion was regarding a question concerned with the behaviour of an contrived unrealistic sample of Java code. Although the question was highly-voted and the top answer had earned a Great Answer badge, it was quite controversial. It was constantly receiving close, delete, reopen and undelete votes. Eventually Shog9 locked it for a week, so that voting could determine its fate after the initial wave of excitement had cooled down.
That discussion led to the undeletion of a similar question of mine. Though my question was much more negatively-voted than the original question, the top answer was almost as popular as the top answer to the other question: it had a score of +98 and was about to earn Daniel Fischer a Great Answer badge.
Unfortunately, Daniel won't get that badge and the community will not continue to express its opinion on my question because it was deleted by a moderator; it can no longer be voted on.
I flagged my question for reconsideration, but was rejected with this message:
declined - This question is too borderline to warrant blanket undeletion by a moderator; I suggest bringing it up on moderator and get support for undeleting it there.
The original question has been deleted and undeleted several times, and since Shog9's lock expired it has been undeleted and deleted once again, but it was never deleted by a moderator. Yet in the case of my question it was considered appropriate to block the community's votes with diamond-deletion.
My question already had two delete votes. I expected it to be deleted again, but I expected that deletion to come from the community and in that case it would most likely have occurred after Daniel's answer had passed the +100 threshold and earned the badge. I wasn't sure if the community would have seen fit to undelete it again but assumed that it would at least be possible.
Was my question so much worse than the other one that it was appropriate to subject it to vote-locking moderator deletion, instead of leaving it to the community?