I have a question that has many (60) upvotes and an incredible answer that has 70 up votes. It has been marked as a duplicate and has 3 deletion marks against it.

What will happen to the question if more people vote to delete it?

I flagged the question for moderator attention to say that the great answer should be saved if possible, but there is no visible change in over a week.

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    Is this the question you're talking about? stackoverflow.com/questions/3390396/…
    – Mysticial
    Nov 2, 2012 at 3:43
  • Yes, but I didnt want to link it to encourage someone to take action on it before a general discussion happened. Nov 2, 2012 at 3:45
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    Well, it's a pretty lame attempt at hiding it since you're just asking people to go to your profile and look for that question.
    – Mysticial
    Nov 2, 2012 at 3:46
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    In any case, it should either stay undeleted, or merged. I dunno what's with all the trigger happy people lately. There's been way too much insta-deleting of questions from new users, dupes, and anything they don't like - regardless of how good it is. (I'm not talking about non-constructive or bike-shed questions, but actual real questions that are falling victim to those who misuse their 10k powers.)
    – Mysticial
    Nov 2, 2012 at 3:49
  • It looks like Shog is playing with it right now. So it looks like those answers will stay. :)
    – Mysticial
    Nov 2, 2012 at 3:55
  • You can also go and reaccept the top answer. It seems that all the merging and unmerging has inadvertently removed the tick.
    – Mysticial
    Nov 2, 2012 at 4:35

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I originally flagged that question asking for a merge over two years ago. So my first impulse was to merge it.

But the obvious choice for merging had a rather less comprehensive answer. So I repented of my error, closed the older question as a duplicate of yours, and merged the other direction.

Also, a reminder for folks voting to delete this stuff:

I wish people wouldn't delete questions with good answers. You're destroying the useful contributions of your peers!

Flag these for moderator attention instead and suggest a merge!

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    Flag these for moderator attention and suggest a merge, you say? Well I know someone who flagged a question and asked for a merge, and had to wait 2 years for the merge to happen...
    – yannis
    Nov 2, 2012 at 3:59
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    To be fair, no one in their right mind listens to that guy.
    – Shog9
    Nov 2, 2012 at 3:59
  • hehe ... right. Nov 2, 2012 at 16:10

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