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Sometimes we spend our time by answering a question and on submit we get the question has been deleted notification. It is always terrible.

What if the deletion costed 50/100/whatever reputation points?

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50-100 will be a bit extreme. – omeid Apr 30 '11 at 1:49
@Omeid Herat: may be. Reasonable value for me though. – zerkms Apr 30 '11 at 1:52
This doesn't even make sense; you're trying to punish people who deleted a bad question because you happened to be in the middle of answering it? – Michael Mrozek Apr 30 '11 at 4:39
@Michael: Based on the name of the question, he seems to be suggesting punishing people who ask a deleted question. – Adrian Petrescu Apr 30 '11 at 6:14
@Adrian Right, but I think he's assuming the asker deleted their own question, which is generally because they realized it's bad – Michael Mrozek Apr 30 '11 at 6:31
Hehe, -8 ;-) My record – zerkms Apr 30 '11 at 9:28
up vote 14 down vote accepted

I don't want to discourage people from deleting content that needs to be deleted.

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What about having it peer deleted, which is possible? – alex Apr 30 '11 at 1:49
Between down voting and flagging, I think we have enough punishment options. There are times when a question can be deleted that shouldn't warrant a rep hit. – user27414 Apr 30 '11 at 1:55

Most of the questions that get deleted by the OP in my experience are by low rep users (often simply 1 rep) who ask a question and then delete it.

Threatening them with losing rep doesn't sound like it would discourage them.

Still, I think there may be some option to reduce having a quality answer going to waste. What about a This question has been deleted; do you want to repost question with your answer? notification.

The link could then repost the question with the answerer as the owner, and their answer good to go. They could then edit the question and/or answer as they see fit, so the useful information and their time answering is not wasted.

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You can't delete your own question if there are any upvoted answers - it's just not allowed. – Joel Coehoorn Apr 30 '11 at 2:03
@Joel Yeah I know that, but I've been half way through answering a question when the question is deleted. – alex Apr 30 '11 at 2:04
that's why sometimes you have to FGITW the things ;) – jcolebrand Apr 30 '11 at 2:14
Why don't you try that as a feature request rather than your original one. – Wes Apr 30 '11 at 12:37
@Wes What original one? My other feature request? – alex Apr 30 '11 at 13:51

Quite often, the question that are deleted are ones which have been down-voted. I think it will be just enough to keep the negative value in someones reputation, and remove the up-voted reputation for that question.

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