In an ongoing discussion about whether closed questions should be deleted unless improved, a painful corner case has emerged: what to do with bad questions that have good answers?
Whatever the answer to this question, I think we should do our best to enlist those users interested in a question to improve it so that it may be reopened. Arguably, answerers should be on top of the list and upvoters directly afterwards; these are users who thought the question (and/or its answers) are worth keeping.
Now, as far as I know nothing prevents this from happening:
- I find a question I like.
- I upvote and/or answer the question.
- I go on with my life.
- Some time later, the question is closed.
- Some time after that, the question is deleted.
- If I keep an eye on my rep, now I realise something has happened. Unless I can see deleted questions, I have almost no way of finding the deleted question. Only applicable for answerers; upvoters might never know the question vanished.
So, users that thought the question worthy are kept out of the loop. Why is that? I propose we should send users who upvoted a question and/or answered it a notification when it is closed, asking them to improve the question and vote/flag for reopening if they think the question should be saved.
Aside from improving the site by keeping more good content around, this extends some courtesy towards those who invest time to answer a question even if it is not stellar. It also creates awareness of the possibility for involvement in the quality control process.
Related question: Please notify us when a question we ask or answer is closed or reopened (old, no official reaction)