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Is there any automatic deletion of a question in place? I saw the I did it for the lulz question and figured this would get deleted right away, but it didn't. Seems like after about -10 its probably safe to auto-delete it if a moderator hasn't.

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Mods aside, 20k users can vote to delete any closed post at any time. Takes three votes to make it happen. – Pops May 23 '11 at 15:07
@Popular - Thanks, yeah I just noticed that finally happened. – SwDevMan81 May 23 '11 at 15:07
The only automatic deletion is for posts flagged as spam (or offensive?). When they hit 6 votes they get deleted. – ChrisF May 23 '11 at 15:15
Well, there's also the auto-deletion of old, unanswered questions. – Al E. May 23 '11 at 15:19
@Al Everett - I'd forgotten about that. – ChrisF May 23 '11 at 15:22

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  • As Al pointed out in comments, there are automatic deletion processes in place for old, unanswered questions.

  • Users with 20k+ rep have the ability to vote to delete any post (question or answer) with a score of -1 or lower, and immediately vote to delete any closed question.

  • Questions are subject to content quality filtering and blocking. Even if a question manages to get through the filters and is still bad enough to be downvoted that much, I would say it's a pretty rare case, and the community can effectively deal with that through the other means I mentioned.

I don't have 10k to look at the specific question you're talking about, but if there's a -10 post on SO, there's a very good chance of it being removed quickly without any system-automated intervention. At this time, I don't see a need for any new system to handle these edge cases.

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Good points. I think that last point handles my question. I was thinking at some downvote threshold the question could be auto-deleted. The question was at -19 when finally deleted (overall was +2/-21). Thanks for answering. – SwDevMan81 May 23 '11 at 20:34

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