When a user deletes his/her post from SO, is it completely removed?

I think the post should remain in SO. Users generally remove their downvoted questions and answers to save their reputations, but a deleted post might be a genuine answer with a good solution, or a good question; thus, it should not be deleted from SO entirely.

The post should remain on SO without any info about the user who asked it. In this way, that post remains available for discussion.

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    That is an interesting idea. Instead of deleting answers, offer the option to disassociate it from your account.
    – jjnguy
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:19
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    @jinguy That would encourage spam.
    – devinb
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:21
  • @devin, that wouldn't encourage spam, but it would make it easier.
    – jjnguy
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:22
  • @devinb that's why we have Spam flags. Aug 25, 2010 at 15:23
  • @Jjnguy Yes, quite true, but I prefer fear-mongering to rational response.
    – devinb
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:25
  • Is this really necessary? How often are the actual correct answers not only downvoted, but downvoted so hard that they cause a net loss of rep?
    – Pops
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:26
  • @MLO: there is a "vote as spam" option; they're the spam flags that @George referenced. You can click "flag" under any post to access this feature.
    – Pops
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:31
  • @MLO, wait, I'm confused. At first I thought you were talking about answers, since you said "might be genuine answer with the solution to a question"; but you also say "The question should remain on SO." Are you asking about answers, questions or both?
    – Pops
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:36
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  • Question and answer both.
    – M LOHIT
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:55

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No, the question is just marked as "deleted". 10k users can still view it and vote to undelete it.

Also, normal users cannot directly delete questions with voted-up answers.


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