My reputation rating on SO took this hit an hour ago, and it is due to what appears to be the simultaneous deletion of multiple questions. I am uncertain why it happened, am concerned, and would appreciate an explanation. Going to the second one shows that it was removed due to moderation.

Was a script run deliberately, or were we hit with a question deletion attack; what happened?

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    Sorry, Josh. If it makes you feel any better, this would've happened eventually anyway - just much more gradually. This many deletions at once should be a one-time thing.
    – Shog9
    Jul 12, 2013 at 6:20
  • I don't mind; it was more the quantity of questions hit rather than the loss of rep that made me concerned.
    – JoshDM
    Jul 12, 2013 at 13:22
  • I do wonder if this will screw up some Necromancy and Archaeology badge attempts, but probably not.
    – JoshDM
    Jul 13, 2013 at 4:01

1 Answer 1


There was an issue with the automatic deletion of questions not actually deleting the questions, and it appears that the process just finally ran and a lot of questions just got automatically deleted by Community.

Any reputation from suggested edits on any of these automatically deleted questions (and the answers under them) has been removed.

Apparently 29,172 closed, abandoned posts were deleted.

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    Sad editor is sad.
    – JoshDM
    Jul 12, 2013 at 5:00
  • Are they deleted permanently and is there any plan to restore all these? Me also lost a couple today, and thats how I noticed this post.
    – DD_
    Jul 12, 2013 at 7:13
  • @MicRO those are abandoned questions, their deletion is permanent unless the OP notice and explicitly ask to undelete. Jul 12, 2013 at 10:55
  • @ShaWizDowArd Make sense.Thanks for the info :-)
    – DD_
    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:57

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