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This has happened with me many times across the SE network.
For example, someone has downvoted another of my questions for no apparent reason, affecting my 'rep'.
However, SE strongly discourages me from deleting the question to reinstate my rep. In other words, SE is punishing me permanently for some unknown error in my question.
I find this quite unfair and disappointing. In my view, SE can fairly take only one of the following two positions:
- SE thinks that my question is bad for the community and wants to punish me for asking a bad question by making me lose my rep. In this case, SE should allow me to delete the question to rectify the damage that I have done to the community by asking it.
- SE thinks that deleting my question is bad for the community. In this case, SE should stop punishing me for asking the question in the first place.
How can any fair system punish a person for an action but not allow him/her to correct it?