I got a warning message when I hit the daily limit for delete votes.

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I wasn't keeping count, but I'm just wondering: Did I really have 30 delete votes for the day?

I only have 25k reputation, so by my calculations, shouldn't I have approximately 20 delete votes (5 + 15)?

Are my calculations correct?

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    Hm. I wonder if the formula is accidentally, instead of 5 + (R-10000)/1000, is just 5 + R/1000. That would give 5 + 25 for your case, which hits the maximum 30 delete votes per day.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 13 '11 at 11:10
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    @Grace: I got the same message yesterday, with 18k reputation. (Didn't count the votes ... shouldn't there be some visible counter for delete, close, approve votes like for simple up- and downvotes?) Sep 13 '11 at 12:17
  • Today again ... tomorrow I'll count the delete votes. Sep 13 '11 at 23:32
  • @Grace: I'm not sure that is the case. I was able to cast well over 20 delete votes just now using Paulo's list of questions with delete votes. I should only have had 9 but I have exceeded 19 (22 to be exact) with my 14k rep. Sep 14 '11 at 19:00
  • @Jeff Intriguing. It seems that the case is that everyone simply has 30 votes now.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 14 '11 at 19:08
  • @Grace: Seems so, I had just cast 8 more delete votes to reach 30 overall. Sep 14 '11 at 19:42

Your observation is correct; there was a bug; it has been fixed. It wasn't quite like any of the explanations given, but to be honest it wouldn't make an interesting retelling; simply "some code didn't work quite to plan".


I made this experiment. Here is the list of delete votes I casted before getting the message:

Found from the Moderator-Tools:

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7388875/600500
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6114493/600500
  3. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6407070/600500
  4. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7383556/600500
  5. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7379843/600500

From a search of title:problem closed:1:

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7094197/600500
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7129767/600500
  3. https://stackoverflow.com/q/3192037/600500
  4. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6108270/600500
  5. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6284883/600500
  6. https://stackoverflow.com/q/4743718/600500
  7. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6132723/600500
  8. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6544797/600500
  9. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7113476/600500
  10. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7171676/600500
  11. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6534411/600500
  12. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7092861/600500
  13. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7213337/600500
  14. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7360308/600500
  15. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6107147/600500
  16. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6833581/600500
  17. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7256183/600500
  18. https://stackoverflow.com/q/3730872/600500
  19. https://stackoverflow.com/q/4633630/600500
  20. https://stackoverflow.com/q/5469503/600500
  21. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6859422/600500
  22. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6725394/600500
  23. https://stackoverflow.com/q/6545469/600500
  24. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7069802/600500
  25. https://stackoverflow.com/q/7031098/600500

These are together 30 votes ... which shows that the popup message is not wrong. It does not fit to Marc's answer two days ago, though, where I should have effectively only ceil((18000 - 10000)/1000) + 5 = 13 votes.

So I'll retag this as bug.

(PS: I'll encourage anyone interested to vote to delete those questions, too.)

  • I'm getting the feeling that either the formula isn't right (and it's really just a fixed amount of 30 votes somehow) or something because I was able to cast delete votes on the first 20+ questions you listed (that wasn't already deleted) here and I only have 14k rep. Sep 14 '11 at 18:51

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