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I was just wondering what the maximum number of down votes a question can have before it is removed from StackOverflow.

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    5 people cast close votes. After that 3 people cast delete votes. No downvotes need to be involved. – Oded Jun 26 '13 at 19:11
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    What's the current number of users? – TronicZomB Jun 26 '13 at 19:11
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    Well, there's an easy way to find out... – LittleBobbyTables Jun 26 '13 at 19:11
  • Be nice, @LBT - be nice – Oded Jun 26 '13 at 19:12
  • I never saw a question with more than -9 before it got removed so i thought that might be a limit – 06needhamt Jun 26 '13 at 19:12
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    Most likely (2^31)-1 since it's probably stored in a 32 bit signed int field. – Servy Jun 26 '13 at 19:12
  • stackoverflow.com/questions/13519990/…, @System.Object. You can sort question by votes. – Mat Jun 26 '13 at 19:13
  • meta.stackexchange.com/questions/126919/… -90 and not deleted yet. – Oded Jun 26 '13 at 19:13
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    @Servy - You had to come in with Logic, did you? – Oded Jun 26 '13 at 19:14
  • @Oded Well, guesswork, really, not logic. I don't know the details of the implementation. – Servy Jun 26 '13 at 19:14
  • Should I upvote the question because I'm also curious, or downvote it because... I'm curious? :D I'm joking, but maybe we should pick up random really bad question and just try if it goes below 99? – Danubian Sailor Jun 26 '13 at 19:38
  • Search for *, 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/… – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 26 '13 at 19:43
  • @benisuǝqbackwards unfortunately the second is locked and can't get lower ^^ – Danubian Sailor Jun 26 '13 at 19:49
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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. – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 26 '13 at 19:15
  • Yeah that's the min possible score, but the question is asking about downvotes, which I guess is either maxint or maxsignedint. – Toomai Jun 26 '13 at 19:17
  • It should be double I think @Toomai, I've updated. – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 26 '13 at 19:21
  • ooh; cool note about the number of users with d/v privs. – Andrew Barber Jun 26 '13 at 22:18
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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 :-). – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 26 '13 at 19:25
  • Gotta say I actually like yours better. Is it Friday yet? – Kate Gregory Jun 26 '13 at 19:27
  • Unfortunately not, I've got at least another 8 hours of meetings to suffer through before Friday comes around :-(. – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 26 '13 at 19:29

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