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When a question is [closed] there is no way for the owner to delete it for 2 days.

Even if no answers were given, it sits there like a duck, sitting as it would. And, just like a sitting duck, suffers the hit of other users being allowed to downvote it.

Can this unfairness be addressed somehow?

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@random: That's a great edit. Thanks! –  sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:26
    
Note that it appears that people will continue downvoting the question even after it is closed. –  IAbstract Mar 12 '10 at 4:36
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When I'm old, my favourite expression to croak at youngsters is going to be: "There's no fair this year." –  Ether Mar 12 '10 at 17:34

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Can this unfairness be addressed somehow?

In short, no. Mostly because it also works the other way. Sometimes things get closed unfairly, and allowing for votes gives the community a chance to "appeal" the close.

Other times, a quality edit will reverse the "bad karma" and garner up-votes, positive attention, and possibly even a re-open.

On the other hand, as waffles mentioned, if there was a little more tact in the questions that seem to attract this behaviour then it wouldn't be as big a problem.

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Why not just edit and change it to community wiki?

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I do this on bad (that I give) answers instead of deleting them cause I like for all of SO to be left in tact visible to everyone (except for spam) –  Earlz Mar 12 '10 at 4:38
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It's not an obvious solution and seems a bit like cheating. –  sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:39
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@sneg: no it isn't an overtly obvious solution to edit the question and change to CW. But it certainly isn't cheating. No rep is lost/gained from a CW discussion. My recommendation would be to put more thought into the question (say, less argumentative) and change it to CW. Then plead your case to the mods to have it re-opened. If you decide you really want it deleted before the 2 days are up (because you can still be down-voted on it), then flag your question and plead your case with the mods as to why they should go ahead and remove it. –  IAbstract Mar 12 '10 at 5:27

Yeah, don't post questions that attract close votes.

Anyway once its deleted you can ask for a rep recaclc and none of the rep you lost will be counted.

Besides no matter how much you get downvoted, once you reach -1,-2 you start to attract compassion upvotes which cancel everything out rep wise (and usually leave you in front) You really need an atrocious question or answer to attract only downvotes.

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Come on: stackoverflow.com/questions/2430021/… –  waffles Mar 12 '10 at 3:57
    
Yes, not a perfect question. But someone far away from web dev could be easily wondering about it. –  sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:06
    
As it stands you only lost 8 reputation points on this, its clearly not such a big drama. –  waffles Mar 12 '10 at 4:12
    
Each down-vote actually counts as 2 points. But why prevent the deletion by owner in such cases? –  sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:17
    
+1 @waffles: I agree that you should try to ask good questions. However, the question, IMO, had potential as a CW discussion. I do feel that some questions are closed when they should probably be moved to CW. –  IAbstract Mar 12 '10 at 4:29
    
@waffles ... someone voted to repopen that. Good Grief. –  Erik Mar 12 '10 at 5:36

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