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I recently made a post on Stack Overflow that was kind of a "getting started newbie" question regarding XMPP and Google GCM servers. Someone gave me a vague answer and that was about all that happened. I came back later and the entire post had been deleted.

I have seen posts "closed" by your employees but never a post completely deleted. Why has this happened?

  • Which question? Can you link to the deleted one? – chappjc Apr 11 '14 at 23:55
  • You can find a list of your deleted questions here (only you and mods can see the page). There's probably a moderator message saying why it's deleted. Share us the url to the question so we can help. – mhlester Apr 11 '14 at 23:56
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    This presumably happened because the OP didn't realize the question had been closed and needed attention. See meta.stackexchange.com/q/93842/147247 for a request to prevent that. – Kate Gregory Apr 12 '14 at 0:32
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    Questions aren't closed by "employees". They're closed by community votes. Anybody over a certain reputation can vote to close a question. – Jason C Apr 12 '14 at 1:06
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    @KateGregory: 9 days is a long time for the OP to come back and check on their post to see how it is doing. – user102937 Apr 12 '14 at 2:58
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Your question was deleted by an automated process.

See How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? The reason for this particular deletion is covered in Item 2, under the subheading By the System:

The system will automatically delete closed (not as a duplicate), unlocked questions with zero or negative score having no upvoted or accepted answers or pending reopen votes, that were closed 9 or more days ago and haven't been edited in the past 9 days.

Basically, if a new question gets closed, is not upvoted, and no effort has been made to improve it via editing within a few days, it is automatically deleted.

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