I've gone to visit Stack Overflow today and have noticed that I lost some reputation. One of my questions had been deleted. This is normal to me now. When I saw which question, I was surprised as it was How deep are your Unit-Tests?

It was one of mine but one that had got a fabulous response from key individuals in the field.
(For those how can't see the question it was regarding Unit testing - answered by Kent Beck 1). The question had nearly

  • 80+ upvotes
  • 233 upvoted answer by the inventor of the practice
  • many other contributions
  • linked to by leading industry figures 2

Now I'm not sure how much of this is down to my ego being bruised and how much of this is me being objective but I feel it is a great a shame that this question has been deleted. I think that by deleting this question that Stack Overflow has extinguished an interesting question. What I can see is that the question does not have a canonical answer and so does not fit into the current guidelines but surely it has a place on somewhere else in SE, such as Programmers. There is no reason given on the question either. Is there a way to deal with issues like these?

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    @JohnNolan I think I made your title a little less "yelly" roll back if you feel it is necessary.
    – Naftali
    Aug 31, 2012 at 12:59
  • There are 2 issues, I guess. The fact that there are deletions with out reason, and where is the best place to raise an issue with a mod decision. (I've phrased that as 'complain?'). You seem to have read my acknowledgement of the work that mods do as a complaint against them. It wasn't. Aug 31, 2012 at 13:01
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA Already noticed, and deleted my (now obsolete) comments, thanks for editing. John, now this is a question I can upvote.
    – yannis
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:02
  • @YannisRizos - what if I rollback? :) Aug 31, 2012 at 13:03
  • JohnNolan - then @YannisRizos will be able to remove the upvote or even down-vote if he sees fit.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:03
  • YEAH STICK TO THE MAN JOHN Aug 31, 2012 at 13:05
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    That definitely meets the criteria for a historical lock. Done and done. Aug 31, 2012 at 13:08
  • the man is stuck too - thanks @BilltheLizard Aug 31, 2012 at 13:09
  • @BilltheLizard Good work sir.
    – Fluffeh
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:10
  • related (not a duplicate): how to deal with link rot caused by deletion of popular off-topic questions?
    – gnat
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:10
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    @BilltheLizard even more related: Why were historically significant questions deleted?
    – Naftali
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:11
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    @gnat see my comment above ^
    – Naftali
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:12
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA agreed
    – gnat
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:15

1 Answer 1


Just to close of this question:

@BillTheLizard has marked the question in question as historically significant and reopened it.

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