On Politics, a troll used to like to spam some weird question about urbanization and homicide in South America or some similar incoherent nonsense. Looking through some deleted questions in moderation tools, I found this question (2K on Politics) by the troll.

It was not flagged rude/abusive or spam—it isn’t hidden in the revision history—but it was deleted by community five minutes after it was posted. The user was destroyed.

A screenshot of its timeline:it was asked, review in first posts, and deleted when the user was destroyed

What causes Community to delete non-rude/abusive or spam-flagged posts?

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    Did the troll have their account deleted? (Might mess with the displayed username of the deleter)
    – Jenayah
    Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 18:54
  • @Jenayah Oh! I forgot! Here is a screenshot of the timeline. Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:00
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    Well, looks like the timeline answers this question? That user got "destroyed" (I guess due to a mod deleting the user after the spam questions) and this question was deleted as well. Since it might not have received any spam flags, it was just "normally" deleted.
    – Tom
    Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:01
  • @Tom Ok, maybe I should self-answer? I understand what happened now. Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:02
  • @WeareMonica. for FAQ; this is surely not a unique question that I had of why Community would delete a post like this. Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:02
  • Well, I wrote that as a comment, because I guessed that (although it makes sense), but I would wait for an answer of someone who definitely knows that. But you still can self-answer if you like.
    – Tom
    Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:03
  • @Tom looking at other posts that is definitely right. written an answer. Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:03
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    What is "RA"? (It is not in the glossary.) Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 1:40
  • @Peter rude or abusive Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 2:27
  • From the title, this seems like a valid question. In fact, I believe that the answer is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_sink Could you explain why the question was deleted? Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 5:07
  • @Iamnotthewayyouspeak the same person was repeatedly spamming this weird viewpoint in questions from different accounts. Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 6:22
  • I see, but how is well-known behavioral research a weird viewpoint? Maybe the spamming was caused by closing a valid question? Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 6:28
  • @Iamnotthewayyouspeak the apparently same user kept spamming these weird, almost identical non-answers to questions from different then-destroyed accounts, then asking these unintelligible questions. Also the whole content of the question was a map and "Seems like a compelling reason. Maybe something there" Commented Nov 17, 2019 at 15:34

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When an account is destroyed (distinct from deleted) by a moderator, all of its posts get deleted.

From an answer by Grace Note:

"Destroyed" users...have all of their posts deleted. It is intended for things like spammers, where we just want them to be gone. A user must have less than 500 reputation in order to be destroyed. Given that, it's up to the moderator to simply select "destroy" from the mod menu.

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    @tchrist I used “it” to specify it is the user account, not the person, that is destroyed. Commented Nov 16, 2019 at 19:14

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