Update: Delete votes are now limited, see Should delete votes be limited like close votes?.
Should this question have been deleted?
- Why do people think functional programming will catch on? (now merged into this question)
Regardless of the actual content, it has:
- 85 upvotes
- 31 favorites
- top answer has 84 upvotes
- 6 answers with 10+ upvotes
Perhaps the original content could have been considered a duplicate (it was actually closed by a diamond mod with only one previous vote), but with that many upvotes there must be something of value in there.
Also, a very related question deleted at the same time by the same three users in the same order:
Deletion of highly rated questions has been discussed on meta in the past:
- People abusing deleting questions?
- Should old, very popular closed questions be deleted?
- Should popular questions be so easy to delete?
Even for less popular questions:
- Do not delete duplicates!
Why are we deleting instead of merging?, with Jeff stating:
I wish people wouldn't delete questions with good answers. You're destroying the useful contributions of your peers!
Flag these for moderator attention instead and suggest a merge!
- Would you delete these questions? Isn’t closing enough?
And finally, just recently (if you read this far, please vote for this):
Closed questions serve a definite purpose on the trilogy. But with the above behaviour, closing appears to be merely a first step toward certain destruction. I find it disturbing that a very small handful of users can affect the content of the site(s) in such a significant way.