According to Recommend deletion is treated as a delete vote for 20k users, a trusted user's (20K+ reputation) delete votes could turn into recommendations (Recommend Deletion) after running out of them on a per-day basis. However, on the fairly small Low Quality Review Queue on TeX.SE it seemed to happen without being out of delete votes.

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Why is this? Perhaps a bug?

  • did the answer have positive score or was it accepted? my recollection is, in cases like that 20Kers votes degrade into toothless "recommendations" – gnat Aug 30 '14 at 13:52

This is , not a bug. Only posts with negative score can be deleted outright by trusted users; see the trusted user privilege:

Trusted users are allowed to perform trusted actions, including:

  • Voting to delete answers with score of -1 or lower

Emphasis mine. In the Low Quality Review queue that limit is raised to 0 or lower to save you having to downvote first. But this still means that if the score of the post is 1 or higher, even trusted users only get to recommend deletion.

For example, I have 20k+ here on Meta, but for this review (post visible to 10k+ only) the post in question had a score of +2 when I voted to delete, so my vote was recorded as a recommendation rather than an outright deletion vote.

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  • Isn't that threshold increased to 0 when in the LQP queue? I thought I had read that somewhere. Maybe I'm imagining things again. – animuson Aug 30 '14 at 14:38
  • @animuson: I don't think so, but I am not 100% sure about that either. – Martijn Pieters Aug 30 '14 at 14:50
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    Found it: "Review gives you a bit of a boost by allowing you to vote to delete 0-scored answers. This is done just to save you the step of having to down-vote them first and then vote to delete." - Shog9's answer – animuson Aug 30 '14 at 14:54
  • @animuson: Ah! Yes, I recall having seen that exact post too! Updated my answer to reflect this. – Martijn Pieters Aug 30 '14 at 15:22

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