There's really no purpose to keeping questions like this (now deleted) around for any length of time. Why should we wait two days to delete this? In two days it will slip off the radar, and out of people's mind - only to waste away on Stack Overflow.

  • The question got deleted. – jjnguy Dec 4 '09 at 19:02
  • Wonder if it was my offensive vote that put it over the edge? (BTW, @jinguy, I found it based on your tweet.) – John Rudy Dec 4 '09 at 19:09
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    It won't waste away for long... I just recently broke 10k and have been chowing away at the closed question list, voting to delete the old cobwebby stuff. I'm only part way through October 2008, though. ;) – gnostradamus Dec 4 '09 at 19:22
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    @gnostradamus: I noticed that! Good work :-) – Shog9 Dec 4 '09 at 21:29
  • Am I the only one with a perverse desire to keep that question around, just to watch the huge flamewar? – Justin Morgan Jun 21 '11 at 14:39

The delay time was put there to prevent the post from being deleted so quickly that people can't re-open it. There's no heuristic for the system that can be used to determine if a question should or should not be deleted immediately with no re-open recourse, so we can't remove the delay.

tvanfosson is right - if it's obviously bad from the beginning, then offensive and moderator flags are the best recourse.

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    Pollyanna, eh? About time someone here used that name. Unfortunately, you're hardly the most deserving... – Shog9 Dec 4 '09 at 21:29
  • I am wounded, sir! Wounded! – Pollyanna Dec 4 '09 at 23:19
  • Has Pippi Longstocking been used yet? – gnostradamus Dec 5 '09 at 3:08

This is now available to users with at least 20,000 reputation jingles.

What are trusted users?

Trusted users are allowed to perform trusted actions, including:

  • Voting to delete questions immediately after they are closed (even if they are new)

Flag as offensive. Enough people do this and it gets automatically deleted by community. Also flag for moderator attention. I believe they have the power to delete right away.

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