Message I just sent the team at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Even though my question was (very frustratingly) deleted as a duplicate, there were over 7 responses to it, and individuals spent time writing those answers, and complex responses at that.
I fully understand the need to keep the system clean from duplicates. What I don't understand is why the original author can't view the questions he's asked, even if they're closed or deleted. The effort of all the responders is lost when that happens. And in this case, it was genuinely useful. A question might be a duplicate, but the answers may not be!
I think it's a lamentable situation, because there are people out there who view themselves as Police Enforcers and have a delete-happy trigger-finger. Gangs of them. When it comes to information, it's discomforting to think that it can be deleted and never recovered at the whims of a few obsessive hand-washers. Keep the system clean? Understand. But wipe information forever? Maybe the bar should be raised before people can do this?
If it is not possible to undelete the question, would it be possible for you to e-mail me the entire thread? Or, make it visible to just me?
My account e-mail is ** my openID there mapped to Emmel on StackOverlow.
Regards and thanks for reading this,