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There's really no purpose to keeping questions like this (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1848914/depend-on-ur-experience-whose-better-in-programming-man-or-woman) around for any length of time. Why should we wait two days to delete this? In two days it will slip off the radar, and out of people's mind - only to waste away on SO.

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The question got deleted. –  jjnguy Dec 4 '09 at 19:02
    
Wonder if it was my offensive vote that put it over the edge? (BTW, @jinguy, I found it based on your tweet.) –  John Rudy Dec 4 '09 at 19:09
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It won't waste away for long... I just recently broke 10k and have been chowing away at the closed question list, voting to delete the old cobwebby stuff. I'm only part way through October 2008, though. ;) –  gnostradamus Dec 4 '09 at 19:22
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@gnostradamus: I noticed that! Good work :-) –  Shog9 Dec 4 '09 at 21:29
    
Am I the only one with a perverse desire to keep that question around, just to watch the huge flamewar? –  Justin Morgan Jun 21 '11 at 14:39

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The delay time was put there to prevent the post from being deleted so quickly that people can't re-open it. There's no heuristic for the system that can be used to determine if a question should or should not be deleted immediately with no re-open recourse, so we can't remove the delay.

tvanfosson is right - if it's obviously bad from the beginning, then offensive and moderator flags are the best recourse.

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Pollyanna, eh? About time someone here used that name. Unfortunately, you're hardly the most deserving... –  Shog9 Dec 4 '09 at 21:29
    
I am wounded, sir! Wounded! –  Adam Davis Dec 4 '09 at 23:19
    
Has Pippi Longstocking been used yet? –  gnostradamus Dec 5 '09 at 3:08

This is now available to users with at least 20,000 reputation jingles.

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Flag as offensive. Enough people do this and it gets automatically deleted by community. Also flag for moderator attention. I believe they have the power to delete right away.

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