I was browsing the questions with the most deleted votes in the 10k tools and I still can't seem to understand how delete votes work.

This question had 2 votes already, and I agreed so voted to delete, and it was deleted immediately.

but this question already has 5 delete votes and hasn't been deleted. (As it happens I think this question actually has good content and should not be deleted)

  1. What is the number of votes required to delete?
  2. Is there anyway to disagree with delete votes other than commenting?

(Perhaps there should be an official FAQ page on this if there isn't one already that I can't find)

  • 1
    Its because the question has 52 up votes and 1.3k views, hence more votes to delete it are needed due to its popularity.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 8, 2010 at 11:08
  • 3
    @Tim The 1.3k views is irrelevant. What is more relevant is the score on all of the answers as well.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jul 8, 2010 at 12:48

1 Answer 1


popular questions require more deletion votes to be deleted, at a ratio of 20:1 - a question's popularity is defined by the sum of its score plus all its answers' scores.

See this link for an explanation for determining how many delete votes are left to go.

Full Deletion Rules Here

  • Just what I was looking for. Thanks. Jul 8, 2010 at 13:45

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