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I'm well aware of the reasons why questions usually get deleted, but now I stumbled over this post and I noticed that it has 4 delete votes on it. So, can someone please explain to me why this post should be deleted?

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It does look like an excellent resource. Not sure why anyone would vote to delete. –  Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 30 '13 at 10:41
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is it cause your over 10K on SO that you see the count of delete votes? question itself suck, no research shown, no specific problem , far too broad so I can understand why someone votes to delete the question. –  user221081 Aug 30 '13 at 10:50
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The post under discussion is now a Community Wiki and not a question. I dont think CW posts need to show research because their goal is to become a continually evolving source of good information. I believe, the post should not be deleted. –  Aziz Shaikh Aug 30 '13 at 11:00
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The question seems far too general and unfocussed IMO. –  Martin Smith Aug 30 '13 at 11:10
    
Well, it's basically a tutorial for a technology that's been hammered in stone in the 80s, so I wouldn't say it's unfocussed or far too general. –  tombom Aug 30 '13 at 11:15
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@tombom - And what do you make of the "Tricks and Efficient Code" section? That just seems to be full of random haphazard facts. What on earth does updating a table with a self join in MySQL have to do with the premise of the question? –  Martin Smith Aug 30 '13 at 11:24
    
That's a good point, yes :) And don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind voting to delete either, because I would explain my answer to other questions in my own words if needed, rather than linking to this post. I'm just curious, why others vote to delete, as it still could be useful for some readers. –  tombom Aug 30 '13 at 12:05
    
The answer to the question is a nice summary, and I'm not in favor of deleting the question, but aren't books the way to disseminate this type of information? –  Gilbert Le Blanc Aug 30 '13 at 14:55
    
@tombom To see that the question is too broad one only needs to look at the length of the answers. Answers on SO should be answerable in just a few paragraphs. That this one takes a few dozen pages to answer the question shows that the question is too broad. SO is not a place for entire tutorials on basic concepts belongs. You simply need to get a book for that. Trying to fit the content into an SO question just isn't appropriate. –  Servy Aug 30 '13 at 17:35

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In general, SO requires some effort be shown in the question asked. Requests for help with code are the norm, but usually when someone asks a generic "How do I do this?" question, it gets flagged.

The general guideline is located here.

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While this is a true statement, how is it relevant here? The question and its answers together represent an enormous amount of work. In recent years questions like this have been closed, sure, but deleting it is nuts. It's a useful resource and is linked from other questions, too. –  Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 30 '13 at 13:49
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The QUESTION is what's being closed. Regardless of how useful the answers were/are, the QUESTION falls outside SO's guidelines. –  Johnny Bones Aug 30 '13 at 13:51
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I'm usually pretty strict about old questions which don't meet today's standards, but I think in this case the question and it's answers are worth considering keeping. I do think it should remain closed, though. Still, this answer here is correct and relevant, as far as it goes. /cc @ErnestFriedman-Hill –  Andrew Barber Aug 30 '13 at 13:51
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@AndrewBarber Historical lock, perhaps? –  Yannis Aug 30 '13 at 13:55
    
@Yannis Worth considering, yes. –  Andrew Barber Aug 30 '13 at 13:56
    
To be clear, @JohnnyBones, we're talking about deleting that question, not just closing it. Deleted questions are invisible to sub-20K users. I am absolutely fine with it being closed. –  Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 30 '13 at 13:56
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@ErnestFriedman-Hill - All I did was answer the question. I didn't say I agreed that this one in particular should be deleted. –  Johnny Bones Aug 30 '13 at 13:58
    
@ErnestFriedman-Hill You need 10k rep to view deleted answers. You need 20k rep to actually vote to delete them. –  Servy Aug 30 '13 at 14:06
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@JohnnyBones: "Regardless of how useful the answers were/are, the QUESTION falls outside SO's guidelines." You're absolutely right. But there's a difference between closed and deleted. The question doesn't deserve to be open, but it also doesn't deserve to be deleted. Closed is not a step along the path to deletion. –  Nicol Bolas Aug 30 '13 at 14:14
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@AndrewBarber there's also some sort of collaborative lock mentioned here that might be applicable for this one too. –  MichaelT Aug 30 '13 at 15:04
    
@NicolBolas - Closed is a step along the path to deletion. It is not possible to vote to delete an open question. Quite regularly on meta I see the argument that "the question was closed. No one improved it. We deleted it" example. Of course deletion is far from an inevitable consequence of closure though. –  Martin Smith Aug 31 '13 at 8:48
    
@MartinSmith: No, closing is a thing that has to happen before something gets deleted. That doesn't mean or imply that everything that is closed and not reopened should be deleted. –  Nicol Bolas Aug 31 '13 at 8:51
    
I didn't argue that. I was just pointing out your phrasing is incorrect. On the path to deletion closure is a required step. Therefore it clearly is a step on the path. –  Martin Smith Aug 31 '13 at 8:54

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