I would like to propose that https://stackoverflow.com/q/866499/41661 be undeleted.
I have two arguments for undeleting this question:
I believe that the high voted answers contain information that is valuable for programmers, especially young programmers, to know. (I know that because of the way the question is titled, it is likely that many people who might benefit from the information will nevertheless not see it. But that's an argument for improving the question, not deleting it.)
In late February and early March 2012, new algorithms made it clear for the first time that many old questions were being deleted, apparently by moderators. I believe that this string of deletions damages the community, and that old questions which have survived for a long time and continue to draw pageviews and upvotes should be preserved, even if such questions would be considered wildly inappropriate if asked today.
I believe that the continuing activity on is programming a younger person's job shows its value to the community---although based on my observations of other old questions which have been migrated from Stack Overflow to Programmers, it may be that the appropriate community today is Programmers.
UPDATE: to repeat what I said in a comment, I am asking that this question be undeleted because I believe that its deletion does not show respect for the community's opinion of the question (as measured by the votes for the question and its answers) and that these kind of deletions reduce the incentive for people, especially old-timers, to contribute to Stack Overflow. The question is not wildly meritorious, but I see it as a test case for the recent spate of moderator deletions, which I oppose.
On the question of reputation, I am agnostic. If somebody decided that old questions which don't meet new standards shouldn't contribute to users' reputations, I could live with that. The questions and answers could all be made Community Wiki retroactively; that's probably another discussion. But I don't want to lose our history.