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Somebody asks an SQL question, I proudly answer his question, and when I came back to see if my answer was accepted, the question had disappeared!

That was the URL of the question. My question is: why? And why don't people explain why their question/answers were simply deleted!

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I also voted to undelete, so now you may have a skirmish, because it has returned to life :D –  Remou Dec 31 '10 at 10:35
    
Cool! It is possible to unvote the deleting? thanks anyway! –  bAN Dec 31 '10 at 10:38
    
@bAN Users with 10k rep can vote to undelete. I believe it takes 5 votes to undelete a question. –  marcog Dec 31 '10 at 13:26
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Happens to me regularily as well. What worries me is that it's always the good questions that vanish. Oftentimes high-repuation users that are seemingly ashamed to have questions too. –  mario Dec 31 '10 at 13:56
    
@marcog You can read the full thresholds on the privileges page, but to summarize - it's 3 votes to undelete by default, but it may take additional votes to undelete particularly popular questions (which likewise would take additional votes to delete in the first place). –  Grace Note Jan 4 '11 at 16:35
    
@bAN it is now undeleted. –  Benny Feb 16 '11 at 8:13

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

The poster deleted his question, about a half-hour after he asked it.

(Users with 10k rep can still see the question at the URL you noted.)

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What a strange system.. So you can ask question and when you have response you delete your question.. Pfff no votes for my answer.. –  bAN Dec 31 '10 at 8:26
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@bAN: I'm with you; I'd consider his actions rude. –  Michael Petrotta Dec 31 '10 at 8:28
    
Happened to me several times. :/ –  marcog Dec 31 '10 at 8:32
    
@michael Petrotta Was the deleted question voted down? –  bernd_k Dec 31 '10 at 8:56
    
@bernd: No, 1 upvote for the Q and 2 answers w/o votes. –  Henk Holterman Dec 31 '10 at 10:10
    
@bAN If the user has a habit of doing this, it will be addressed. –  C. Ross Dec 31 '10 at 13:36

May be we should prevent the user from deleting the question after someone answers the question and after some up votes. And definitely if the user marks as a right answer.

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Or simply ask users who have an answer if the creator of the question can delete this one.. A kind of 'vote for delete' –  bAN Dec 31 '10 at 10:36
    
Yes. Vote for delete. –  kadaj Dec 31 '10 at 10:37
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I disagree. Each user should have a right to remove his/her question at any moment regardless of any criteria. There is no point in keeping that question alive. And as mentioned, its not that no one can see that question. Moderators can still see deleted questions. –  decyclone Dec 31 '10 at 13:57
    
But when somebody take time to write an answer, he is concerned by the post.. And deleting without any explaination this is rude.. –  bAN Dec 31 '10 at 14:45
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If anything, I think the current rules are too strict. If a question gets a number of upvotes/answers, then the user can no longer delete it. I believe each user should have that kind of control over content they generate. –  Corey Dec 31 '10 at 16:05
    
I think Moderators should be the only ones who can delete a question, if the question is a valid question and has answers it may be useful for a lot of other members / visitors, The owner of the question should be able to Request to delete his question and a moderator should act accordingly. –  RobertPitt Dec 31 '10 at 16:53
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This facility already exists. However, the exact criteria are somewhat unknown... but certainly the relevant question here didn't meet them. –  Jon Seigel Dec 31 '10 at 18:26
    
@decyclone - All content posted is ccwiki and can get reproduced straight away by other websites with attribution back. It would seem odd that they can post them but SO itself can't. –  Martin Smith Jan 1 '11 at 0:32
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this already happens, however, it takes more than 1 answer or more than 1 vote. –  Jeff Atwood Jan 1 '11 at 2:33

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