This is a cross-post from meta.programmers. I think the discussion also belongs here and to be honest, I’m really angry at the moment and I want this to get some attention.
Executive summary: deleting sucks. Don’t do it. You’re destroying the internet.
The deletion mafia has struck again. We had this discussion before on Meta.SO.
Case in point: the question What do you say to people when they say that programming is not demanding? was deleted.
Can we just please, please agree that this is not constructive behaviour and that questions – even ones that get closed for valid reasons – should not be deleted except when they are really disruptive?
The question above (cached copy here) wasn’t a great question but it got great answes and I had linked to it elsewhere. It is just really annoying that such questions get deleted, and it completely runs counter the spirit of the Internet: do not let links go stale.
I’m serious about this. Pervasive deleting destroys these sites. It’s a bad attitude and it needs to stop.
Proposal: I propose to actually revoke deletion rights from power users. It’s a completely useless ability. The few deletion that are actually necessary (e.g. for legal reasons) can easily be done by moderators. Granting deletion rights to many users directly leads to abuse. And I’m arguing that almost every deletion is abuse.