Sometimes we spend our time by answering a question and on submit we get the question has been deleted notification. It is always terrible.

What if the deletion costed 50/100/whatever reputation points?

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    50-100 will be a bit extreme.
    – omeid
    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:49
  • @Omeid Herat: may be. Reasonable value for me though.
    – zerkms
    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:52
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    This doesn't even make sense; you're trying to punish people who deleted a bad question because you happened to be in the middle of answering it? Apr 30, 2011 at 4:39
  • @Michael: Based on the name of the question, he seems to be suggesting punishing people who ask a deleted question. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:14
  • @Adrian Right, but I think he's assuming the asker deleted their own question, which is generally because they realized it's bad Apr 30, 2011 at 6:31
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    Hehe, -8 ;-) My record
    – zerkms
    Apr 30, 2011 at 9:28

3 Answers 3


I don't want to discourage people from deleting content that needs to be deleted.

  • What about having it peer deleted, which is possible?
    – alex
    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:49
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    Between down voting and flagging, I think we have enough punishment options. There are times when a question can be deleted that shouldn't warrant a rep hit.
    – user27414
    Apr 30, 2011 at 1:55

Most of the questions that get deleted by the OP in my experience are by low rep users (often simply 1 rep) who ask a question and then delete it.

Threatening them with losing rep doesn't sound like it would discourage them.

Still, I think there may be some option to reduce having a quality answer going to waste. What about a This question has been deleted; do you want to repost question with your answer? notification.

The link could then repost the question with the answerer as the owner, and their answer good to go. They could then edit the question and/or answer as they see fit, so the useful information and their time answering is not wasted.

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    You can't delete your own question if there are any upvoted answers - it's just not allowed. Apr 30, 2011 at 2:03
  • @Joel Yeah I know that, but I've been half way through answering a question when the question is deleted.
    – alex
    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:04
  • that's why sometimes you have to FGITW the things ;)
    – jcolebrand
    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:14
  • Why don't you try that as a feature request rather than your original one.
    – Wes
    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:37
  • @Wes What original one? My other feature request?
    – alex
    Apr 30, 2011 at 13:51

Quite often, the question that are deleted are ones which have been down-voted. I think it will be just enough to keep the negative value in someones reputation, and remove the up-voted reputation for that question.

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