I'm mostly active in Matlab related questions, and recently I checked the highest votes for that tag (disclaimer, I have a high ranking question there too). I have found that the #1 question: What can MATLAB do that R cannot do? was deleted. Now, I know and fully respect some of the users that gave the vote to delete, they are prominent people etc, but I still try to understand the following. When a question receives +139 votes, a record number for the matlab tag (I confess that I actually down-voted it), and also got 13 answers (with +129 votes the highest) with ~60K views, should a handful of individuals like myself and more privileged user (like a moderators) be enough to delete it? Where's the weight of the many many peoples that up-voted it?
In this example, the question was first closed by a moderator for being not constructive (which I also agree with it, albeit many people thought otherwise). So far so good, there will be no more activity in that question. However, now that it is deleted, I started thinking whether this might miss the less formal side of SO, where users discuss broader issues. What should be the balance in your view?