I was just wondering what the maximum number of down votes a question can have before it is removed from StackOverflow.
According to the data explorer the SCORE column of the POSTS table is an INT.
Stack Exchange uses SQL Server, the minimum value of an int is -2,147,483,648, so this (unless there's a table with a smaller datatype somewhere).
As Toomai mentions this is the minimum possible score. As score is upvotes - downvotes the maximum number of downvotes is actually double this (assuming you also got 2,147,483,648 upvotes).
As TronicZomB points out it's also constrained by the number of people with the downvote privilege. The number as of the last dump was 175,988 so this was the theoretical maximum on 2013/06/25. It will be higher by now.
I suspect this would cause a question with a title something like EEEEEEKKKKK! ScoreOverflow though. Jun 26, 2013 at 19:15
Yeah that's the min possible score, but the question is asking about downvotes, which I guess is either
maxsignedint.– ToomaiJun 26, 2013 at 19:17
It should be double I think @Toomai, I've updated. Jun 26, 2013 at 19:21
ooh; cool note about the number of users with d/v privs. Jun 26, 2013 at 22:18
If by "removed" you mean removed from the system entirely, there is no number of downvotes that will result in a question being removed. Deletion can be done by the question owner, one moderator, or a group of community members who have enough rep to vote to delete. However deleted questions are not removed and can be seen by members who have enough rep to see deleted questions.
If by "removed" you mean not shown on the front page, it's -9 on Meta and I believe -5 on StackOverflow. See On Meta, are the rules for showing on the main page different?
I guess that answers the question better than my own :-). Jun 26, 2013 at 19:25
Gotta say I actually like yours better. Is it Friday yet? Jun 26, 2013 at 19:27
Unfortunately not, I've got at least another 8 hours of meetings to suffer through before Friday comes around :-(. Jun 26, 2013 at 19:29
*, order by votes and go to the last page @ŁukaszLech -179 on MSO: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/915/… and -148 on SO: stackoverflow.com/questions/3905734/…