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I recently noticed quite a few recent "popular" questions were deleted. My question is why? 1 2 (linked to google cache)

Why were these questions deleted? Were they in any way considered harmful to the community? I don't think so. I'm not sure if my questions will live long enough even to get an answer. But I don't have high enough reputation to see a close/delete reason or who by. For what purpose were these very popular questions deleted?

  • Clearly it was natural atrophy – random Mar 16 '11 at 3:12
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    Popular does not mean valid and correct for meta. See: "Favorite Programming Cartoon". – Jeff Atwood Mar 16 '11 at 3:30
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    They were deleted in order to cause a flurry of why were they deleted questions, which too will be deleted, causing even more such questions. We are trying to achieve criticality so that meta can supply power to all of stack exchange. – Pollyanna Mar 16 '11 at 4:01
  • @Adam: If that was the intention, deleting those questions was indeed a great success. So please stop whining that it works. :) – sbi Mar 16 '11 at 19:08

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