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I've started getting downvoted, for some reason, on a 2-3 year old question here:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6430756/why-does-basic-and-related-languages-use-then-rather-than-than-in-conditio

It is 2 years later, and I now agree that the question sucks. However, I can't remove the question because it has answers. While I understand that we want to prevent question askers from nuking things in the general case, is there any recourse for the asker if they're randomly getting downvoted 2 years later?

marked as duplicate by gnat, apaul, ben is uǝq backwards, Martijn Pieters, Lance Roberts Nov 12 '13 at 0:58

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    Just because a question gets downvoted doesn't automatically mean it has to be closed or deleted right away. (Although in that case it's debatable whether this is actually a programming question or a English language question.) – slhck Nov 11 '13 at 18:15
  • @slhck: I agree, but in this case I think the question should be deleted right away. It's terrible. – Billy ONeal Nov 11 '13 at 18:17
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    Then flag it for moderator attention, because it's actually more an English language question than a programming question. – ProgramFOX Nov 11 '13 at 18:19
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    Asking on Meta really won't achieve much except for when a SO moderator sees this and decides it needs to go. Flagging would be the proper course of action. – slhck Nov 11 '13 at 18:20
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    OH NOES 12 POINTS LOST! Just write the team and ask them to disassociate the question with your account. Jeez. – Won't Nov 11 '13 at 18:22
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    Aaaand, it's gone. – Bart Nov 11 '13 at 18:22
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    VOTING TO UNDELETE ! – Won't Nov 11 '13 at 18:22
  • I agree that the question was more of English language usage than programming. Deleted. – Bill the Lizard Nov 11 '13 at 18:23
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    @Won't Please never leave. – Bart Nov 11 '13 at 18:23
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    You want to delete a question just because it's getting down-voted? For someone with 45K rep, I think you still don't grasp what this community is supposed to be about. – Aaron Bertrand Nov 11 '13 at 18:23
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    In before Andy asks why he just lost 255 rep. – Won't Nov 11 '13 at 18:24
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    @Won't: I don't care about rep here, I care about leaving crappy questions on the site. If I thought the question was good I'd leave it there, despite downvotes. – Billy ONeal Nov 11 '13 at 19:02
  • @BillyONeal don't feed the trolls – JaredPar Nov 11 '13 at 19:17
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    It is about the English language but it also applies to understanding programming languages for non English speakers. As such it wasn't a totally bad question and it didn't really deserve the downvotes. – Henk Holterman Nov 11 '13 at 23:23