When a question is [closed] there is no way for the owner to delete it for 2 days.

Even if no answers were given, it sits there like a duck, sitting as it would. And, just like a sitting duck, suffers the hit of other users being allowed to downvote it.

Can this unfairness be addressed somehow?

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    @random: That's a great edit. Thanks! – sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:26
  • Note that it appears that people will continue downvoting the question even after it is closed. – IAbstract Mar 12 '10 at 4:36
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    When I'm old, my favourite expression to croak at youngsters is going to be: "There's no fair this year." – Ether Mar 12 '10 at 17:34

Can this unfairness be addressed somehow?

In short, no. Mostly because it also works the other way. Sometimes things get closed unfairly, and allowing for votes gives the community a chance to "appeal" the close.

Other times, a quality edit will reverse the "bad karma" and garner up-votes, positive attention, and possibly even a re-open.

On the other hand, as waffles mentioned, if there was a little more tact in the questions that seem to attract this behaviour then it wouldn't be as big a problem.


Why not just edit and change it to community wiki?

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    I do this on bad (that I give) answers instead of deleting them cause I like for all of SO to be left in tact visible to everyone (except for spam) – Earlz Mar 12 '10 at 4:38
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    It's not an obvious solution and seems a bit like cheating. – sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:39
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    @sneg: no it isn't an overtly obvious solution to edit the question and change to CW. But it certainly isn't cheating. No rep is lost/gained from a CW discussion. My recommendation would be to put more thought into the question (say, less argumentative) and change it to CW. Then plead your case to the mods to have it re-opened. If you decide you really want it deleted before the 2 days are up (because you can still be down-voted on it), then flag your question and plead your case with the mods as to why they should go ahead and remove it. – IAbstract Mar 12 '10 at 5:27

Yeah, don't post questions that attract close votes.

Anyway once its deleted you can ask for a rep recaclc and none of the rep you lost will be counted.

Besides no matter how much you get downvoted, once you reach -1,-2 you start to attract compassion upvotes which cancel everything out rep wise (and usually leave you in front) You really need an atrocious question or answer to attract only downvotes.

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    Come on: stackoverflow.com/questions/2430021/… – waffles Mar 12 '10 at 3:57
  • Yes, not a perfect question. But someone far away from web dev could be easily wondering about it. – sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:06
  • As it stands you only lost 8 reputation points on this, its clearly not such a big drama. – waffles Mar 12 '10 at 4:12
  • Each down-vote actually counts as 2 points. But why prevent the deletion by owner in such cases? – sneg Mar 12 '10 at 4:17
  • +1 @waffles: I agree that you should try to ask good questions. However, the question, IMO, had potential as a CW discussion. I do feel that some questions are closed when they should probably be moved to CW. – IAbstract Mar 12 '10 at 4:29
  • @waffles ... someone voted to repopen that. Good Grief. – Erik Mar 12 '10 at 5:36

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