When I see questions that are obviously going to be closed due to explicit off-topicness that are honest mistakes on the part of the no-rep new user, I try to inform them about the question ban, and suggest they self-delete before their question is closed/negatively voted.
I was just now told that self-deletions play into the question ban algorithm, which I already knew; but I was assuming it played in as:
A negatively voted or close voted question still applies the black mark to your question ban possibility regardless of deletion.
Having worked under this assumption I figure there's a simple "fairness" loophole in the algorithm that allows people to not get such black-marks on their record when they realize their mistake and self-delete to correct before getting significant enough views to acquire a negative score or closure.
Though this is merely an assumption, and after speaking with a mod I am given the impression it may be inaccurate; though the mods frequently have no real clue what goes into the q-ban algorithm. I understand many things are kept secretive to avoid people abusing the systems, but I was hoping someone in the know could inform at least this little piece to help me not mis-inform site users:
Is there a "fairness" loophole in the Q-Ban algorithm wherein users who unknowingly post low-quality content may quickly correct their mistake and avoid a black-mark on their record by self-deletion before downvotes or closure gather, or is a -5 scored self-deletion equal to a 0 scored self-deletion in the eyes of the q-ban algorithm?