Yesterday a question of mine on EL&U, Is “shipping” today's equivalent of “matchmaking”? [duplicate], which had been closed as a duplicate, was deleted automatically by the system.
deleted by Community♦ 10 hours ago (RemoveDeadQuestions)
The weird thing is, the post had been edited because I wanted to reopen it. As no answers had been posted, no answers were at risk of invalidation. I decided to broaden the scope of the question and for the sake of clarity, the title was changed. I also clearly defined where the original post ended and where the new edit began. Unfortunately, the question wasn't reopened, and it earned a further downvote. The score currently stands at -1 (+3 and -4)
I was prepared to edit it further because I rather liked the question, and thought it deserved a second chance but now I have to wait for three users on EL&U to cast their votes to undelete it. Well that's never going to happen, mainly because no answers were posted and the (popularity) score is low.
The FAQ about deleted posts, states
- The system will automatically delete closed, unlocked questions with zero or negative score having no positively scored or accepted answers or pending reopen votes, that were closed for any reason other than duplicate nine or more days ago and haven't been edited in the past nine days.
It's been brought to my attention that the relevant FAQ entry that concerns my case is #9. The system is also known as the roomba
- The system will automatically delete negatively-scored, unlocked, and unanswered questions that are older than 30 days. (RemoveDeadQuestions)
First and foremost, my question was 14 months old. Second, it was closed during the entire period, so it would have been impossible for anyone to have posted an answer. Third, there is no mention above that these include closed or duplicate questions. I had always been under the impression that duplicate questions were exempt from deletion. I now know they're not, unless one or more answers have been posted or if the question has a positive score.
UPDATE (June 2019)
Just to make it clear I had read the FAQ quite carefully. It was not mentioned anywhere in the aforementioned FAQ that deletion also applied to duplicates. But soon after, #9 was revised on May 18, 2019
It now reads
- The system will automatically delete negatively-scored, unlocked, and unanswered questions (both open and closed, including as duplicates) that are older than 30 days. (
To recap, about 14 months ago a post of mine was closed as a duplicate. Yesterday, I edited the question and about 12 hours later the question was automatically deleted by the system
Why did the deletion happen? In the past, I have had other questions closed as duplicates but they were (as far as I know) never deleted by the system.
I think this is a bug, am I right?
2nd UPDATE (June 2019)
For users who find themselves in the same predicament, members of EL&U kindly resurrected the shipwrecked question, it then received three answers, and it now has a positive score of +5. The question remains open to this day.