How can we find out the reasons for Translation proposals - one-on-one, or free-for-all? being silently deleted?

(Maybe the general question extends to any kind of page deletion, but I'd really like to know the reasons in this precise case.)

  • You can view an older copy of the page using Google's cache. I don't see any good reason for it to be deleted, myself -- possibly the author did it. "Reasons of moderation" is inaccurate in that case, and one of my pet peeves.
    – user154510
    Commented Aug 13, 2011 at 19:44
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    @Matthew That's why the OP deleting a question won't say "reasons of moderation", it'll say "voluntarily removed by its author" Commented Aug 13, 2011 at 23:14
  • @Michael Ooh, in that case I found a bug. Now to go about reproducing it.
    – user154510
    Commented Aug 13, 2011 at 23:51

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How can we find out the reasons for an Area 51 discussion being deleted?

Find a moderator or someone with 10k or more on Area51 and ask them.

Regarding the discussion in particular:

It was marked and then immediately deleted by Dori on 11 August 2011.

It was not closed prior to deletion, so I cannot guess at the reason.

  • Ok, so this must be the answer to the general question. Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 14:51

TL;DR version: I've re-opened it.

Of the six proposals mentioned in the January 31 Translation proposals - one-on-one, or free-for-all? question, two have been closed as duplicates. The remaining four are:

The majority of the question is about whether there should be multiple sites for a single given language, and if so, how they should work.

For instance, at one point there were three different French proposals: English/French Translation, Le bon usage du français [French usage], and French Language & Usage. There were also two Russian proposals, two Spanish proposals, etc.—a clearly unworkable situation. This has since been straightened out, and there are now only "Language & Usage" sites and proposals.

This main part is what I closed as , as having multiple sites per language has been hashed, re-hashed, and a decision made. That itself would have been sufficient, but it didn't help that the discussion was inactive from February 24 to July 31. (An answer was added on July 31 which received a comment on August 7, but neither introduced new points, and really should have been on more specific discussions—see below.)

The remainder of the question is about the Languages and Translation proposals and can they/how should they work—all of which are covered by these already-existing discussions:

I don't know what issues (if any) are still open at Translation proposals - one-on-one, or free-for-all?. I also don't believe that it's the appropriate place for those issues to be discussed, and I recommend taking anything left undecided to the more specific discussions. However, since there seems to be an interest in continuing a discussion there, I've reopened it.

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    Thanks for the explanation, all this makes sense. Though, I don't understand how deletion could be appropriate. I was looking for some information and couldn't find this thread from my profile. I think that just closing it (and providing some short explanation for that) should be enough? Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 0:24

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