I typically vote to delete most closed questions immediately. However, many times I withhold the delete vote because there is a solution to the OP's problem in the comments and I want them to receive it. Usually something like the resolution to a trivial parse error. Assume the OP is a 1 rep user with no privileges, and can't normally view deleted posts.
Often the question is deleted in the first 5 minutes but there's been no response to comments, the "last seen" is older than the replies, and I assume they haven't seen them (maybe the author is out getting lunch).
This seems like a bad reason to not delete something that deserves removal, but I want them to get their "answer" (because I am a nice guy) and I don't want them to try re-asking the question. I assume they can't access their post after it's deleted, and it affects my behavior moderating the site.
Clarification: I'm talking mainly about unsalvagable posts, ones that are solved by fixing a trivial parse error or typo, that cannot be possibly edited into something useful or be relevant to anybody except the author. These are the ones I always vote to delete immediately, rather than let it hang around for months/years until 3 20K users happen to see it again. I am not suggesting that all closed questions deserve to be deleted
When a question is closed and deleted, is the author able to view it? I've never had a question deleted (as far as I know). What happens from the author's point of view when their question hits the trash can?
If the author CANNOT view his comments/replies, then consider this a feature-request.
- It's affecting my moderation behavior (and others I've talked to) by causing me to withhold delete votes
- It's can lead to duplicate questions, since the OP has no clue what happened
- It does not help the author understand what they did wrong, and what can be done to prevent it in the future (so, more low quality questions)
I've just stumbled across this poorly worded question - if you look through the comments it appears that the user previously asked an identical question that was deleted - it occurred to me that this question may well have been deleted before the poster had a chance to read any of the comments / feedback on that question, and may not have even realised that his question was deleted (hence the identical repost).