According to Marc Gravell's comment on the answer to this question, a regular delete of an account also deletes anything that is negatively voted. However, this question has two answers from deleted accounts that are downvoted but not deleted.

How does that happen? Is it a bug? Or were the downvotes accumulated after the accounts were deleted? And if it was after they were deleted, is there any mechanism for auto-deleting those negative posts (perhaps 7 days after it gets negatively voted)...or should there be? Or should I just flag those for moderator deletion?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Judging by the post timeline those posts did not receive their first downvotes until Dec 22 '09, about a year after they were first posted. I see two possibilities here:

  • Their account deletion predates those first downvotes.

  • Their account deletion predates the auto-deletion script and their answers survived because of that. -- Sklivvz discounted this option.

In any case, I've voted to delete both, they do not add anything useful.

Negatively voted answers are generally not auto-deleted (so outside of the deleted account mechanism), so I don't think there is any auto-deletion for answers downvoted after the owner has been deleted.

These two posts were otherwise ripe for flagging. One was a reply from the original question asker, so Not An Answer applies there, the other post a link-only answer with a dead link. A moderator would have deleted both had you flagged them, for those reasons alone.

Both posts have now been deleted without moderator intervention, each received 3 deletion votes by higher-rep users.

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Quick poll: do you routinely cast delete votes on obvious non-answers together with your flags? –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 7 '13 at 17:08
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: No, I don't. I thought to flag first, then realized that just deleting would probably have been a better idea. :-P –  Martijn Pieters Oct 7 '13 at 17:09
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: It's a holdover from too much reviewing in queues on sites where I don't yet have the privilege to cast delete votes. –  Martijn Pieters Oct 7 '13 at 17:10
    
That's OK. I was asking out of curiosity. There are certain users who I trust have good enough judgment to figure out how to exercise the delete privilege effectively, but the problem is it's incredibly difficult to trust a user to do so especially when the privilege is based on rep alone. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 7 '13 at 17:11
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The "delete nukes negatively scored posts" dates back to Sept. 18th, 2008 and as such the user must have been deleted when the posts were at 0 score, sometime between Dec '08 and Dec '09.

The down votes must have been cast after the user was deleted.

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