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I recently came accross this question:

Loops and arrays in Java

I rolled back the changes, from the 11th version. I was wondering how that edit got through. It's clear to me that removing 90% of the question is almost like destroying the question itself.

It's hard to say why the user wanted to "delete" everything in his own question. I could say that it might be to prevent their teacher from googling the homework and finding his answer.

Shouldn't there be a way to detect these kind of edits and send them to the review queue? Did it get reviewed by someone?

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    Autoflag for large edits seems like a good idea – John Dvorak Jan 11 '14 at 3:48
  • The user can't destroy it anymore. Seems like (s)he ragequit. (Nevermind, it's really old. The OP probably got auto-deleted with time.) – Mysticial Jan 11 '14 at 3:50
  • Something like that but I believed it was already there. @Mysticial even if he quitted, he can create a new account and do the same thing in the future. – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jan 11 '14 at 3:50
  • @LoïcFaure-Lacroix If it's a new account, you can't destroy other people's content without enough rep. Unless of course you're referring to asking more questions just to vandalize them. – Mysticial Jan 11 '14 at 3:52
  • I also had to do that on this post. Some also think that just because their problem is solved they can take most of the code away and just say SOLVED. – hichris123 Jan 11 '14 at 3:52
  • @Mysticial yeah i mean him and anybody that could do something like that... – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jan 11 '14 at 3:54
  • @hichris123 whoa just looked at the last edit and he left "thanks"... – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jan 11 '14 at 3:55
  • @JanDvorak: I've recently seen another user do this on another site with all three of their questions. An autoflag would be good as only a moderator can prevent these destructions. – Jamal Jan 11 '14 at 3:56
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    You didn't pick a great example. That question is unlikely to help anyone else, and the OP has long since left town. Nor the second one, which is also a homework question. – Robert Harvey Jan 11 '14 at 4:38
  • This happened to me with stackoverflow.com/questions/20890078/…, which wasn't obviously a homework question. When the poster posted a followup question and implied he might do the same, I flagged it for moderator attention and the previous deletion was rolled back. One slight difference was that the poster included their code only on an external pastebin, but I edited it into the question in line with meta.stackexchange.com/questions/174302/… – GS - Apologise to Monica Jan 11 '14 at 10:16
  • @RobertHarvey blame me for bad example if you want. It's just impossible to know it's happening until you sees it. I'd try to search better example if we had a history change search engine. – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jan 11 '14 at 11:00
  • In this example, the user removed everything and "moved on" to create a new (duplicate) post. – brasofilo Jan 11 '14 at 12:51
  • Here is an example where the OP's obvious attempt at vandalism was rolled back, but he then went with a second tack - removing just enough detail that it got closed with "unclear what you're asking". So be aware that users intent on vandalizing their own posts are going to be creative about doing so. – roippi Jan 11 '14 at 13:53

This is already handled, for the most part.

  1. User defaces question.
  2. It gets bumped to the front page
  3. Post is downvoted and flagged
  4. Post is rolled back, either by a user with edit privileges, or by a mod.
  5. Profit!
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    But it took more than two years before the post was rolled back. – Peter Mortensen Jan 11 '14 at 18:46
  • You mean the Java Homework one? Meh. Questions that are useful to others will get the necessary attention to insure that they are not defaced. – Robert Harvey Jan 11 '14 at 18:46
  • @RobertHarvey how can you prove that, it's happening completely randomly – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jan 12 '14 at 6:38

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