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Auto-deletion (also called 'Roomba') is a process which helps cleaning the site by deleting some questions. Criteria for auto-deletion are based on low score and age of the question.

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Disable roomba on Meta.SE feature requests [duplicate]

Feature request: disable roomba on Meta.SE feature requests. Motivation: keep track of which feature requests were disapproved by the community. Example 1 (link to post), Example 2 (link to post), ...
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Are manually undeleted questions eligible to auto deletion by roomba script again if other deletion conditions not changed? [duplicate]

I have questions (the recent one here) that has been deleted by Roomba. I'm curious will these questions be eligible to auto deletion again if they will be undeleted manually by users? Will be there ...
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Active bounty didn't prevent automatic deletion [duplicate]

According to Prevent questions with bounty from being auto-deleted an active bounty should prevent automatic deletion: We agree, questions that contain an active bounty should not be eligible for ...
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Do the automated deletion scripts not run on questions that aren't viewed that often?

A couple days ago, someone posted a bug report that a question that qualified for a Roomba automatic deletion criterion wasn't deleted despite qualifying for at least three weekly runs of the script ...
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Should deleted answers prevent a question from being Roomba'ed?

This question should qualify as an abandoned question eligible to be Roomba'ed: it seems to satisfy all criteria. (It has quite some views, but certainly less than the threshold, because it's already ...
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With limited remaining brain cells, how can I work in a more roomba-aware way (and not lose track of questions permanently)?

I've asked more SE questions than I have remaining brain cells to keep track of them. Sometimes I remember enough about the question to ask for assistance in a site's meta How to get a link to an old ...
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To prevent link rot, don't roomba posts that are linked by other posts

Over on Skeptics.SE I've been following this question, which is part of a series and links to four other related questions, as indicated in this handy table: Unfortunately, three of those questions ...
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Question with an active bounty was mistakenly deleted by the Roomba

How does Canada's radiotelescope CHIME manage polarization-dependent apodization of the fast f/0.25 optics? was previously automatically deleted RemoveAbandonedQuestions and I'd recently found it with ...
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If a Roomba-deleted question gets undeleted, please either "reset the timer" or make it exempt from its next runs

If a question deleted by the Roomba gets undeleted, that means that a strong part of the community (at least three 10k+ users, possibly more, possibly also mods) think, yes it should exist. This is ...
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What percentage of questions which are deleted by the Roomba later get undeleted?

I'd like to know the percentage of questions that are deleted by Stack Exchange's automated deletion scripts, which later get undeleted, on each site. Initially, I thought I could query for this in ...
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Decrease the required view count to prevent Roomba deletion when score = 0 on smaller sites

The required view count to avoid auto-deletion of a question when score = 0 is too high. As an example: https://superuser.com/q/1472443/116475 had 562 views within 1.1 year. This is way more views ...
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Can migrated closed questions be considered for automatic deletion by the RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedClosed scripts?

Migrated questions that were closed a long time after the migration (and as such weren't marked "rejected") are not automatically deleted by the RemoveDeadQuestions and RemoveAbandonedClosed ...
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Why is this question NOT automatically deleted by the RemoveAbandonedClosed script?

This question on Music Fans SE seems to qualify for auto-deletion by the RemoveAbandonedClosed script since it seems to satisfy all the mentioned criteria for deletion. However, I have been tracking ...
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Question deleted under RemoveDeadQuestions does not show negative score at deletion time

A question deleted under RemoveDeadQuestions does not show negative vote at deletion time. From the question timeline (link needs mod access on Earth Science SE): At score 0, it should be removed ...
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How should we handle questions that have been reposted after being deleted due to one downvote + SE's automated process to remove questions?

How should we handle questions that: have been reposted after being deleted due to one downvote + Stack Exchange's automated process to remove questions? received no comments (or all comments were ...
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RemoveDeadQuestions should not apply to Meta posts

There is an automated system that eventually deletes all unanswered negative scoring questions (as long as they're not locked). I understand why this exists for regular sites – a negative score ...
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Accepted answers should not categorically block auto-deletion of closed questions

tl;dr Allow Roomba to auto-delete a closed question regardless of an accepted answer when the other criteria for auto-deletion are met Roomba should count an answer acceptance as a single upvote to ...
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Modify the 'has 1 or 0 comments' requirement for 'RemoveAbandonedQuestions' script

From the help center, auto-delete section (emphasis is mine): If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 and a deleted owner has no answers is not ...
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Can ordinary users with access to moderator tools undelete questions deleted by the Community♦ user? [duplicate]

When moderators delete a post, ordinary users cannot vote to undelete. When a question is dead or abandoned, it may be deleted by the Community♦ user (RemoveDeadQuestions, RemoveAbandonedQuestions). ...
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Does undeletion reset the RemoveDeadQuestions clock?

A ~35 day old question with no votes or answers received a downvote resulting in a score of -1, and was deleted under the RemoveDeadQuestions criterion. I have voted to undelete such a question. ...
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What was the original intention for automatically deleting old, unanswered questions with +1 score and a deleted owner?

According to this answer to How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? (which is tagged faq), the Community user ...
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Why is the script for deletion called Roomba?

In many posts I see that the script for automatic post deletion is called Roomba: Turn off the roomba for child meta sites Turbocharging the Roomba: solutions for premature deletion Lost 5 questions ...
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Help page for automatic deletion doesn't explain the rationale for deleting those questions, neither does it explain how to get them undeleted

When users come across their own question that was automatically deleted, they are given a link to the help page on what criteria cause a question to be deleted by the Community user. However, that ...
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What should I do if I find the answer to an old question of mine that was automatically deleted as abandoned?

I originally asked the question Implementing PPPoE half-bridge/ip-passthrough to suit IPSec VPN firewall appliance with Linux a little more than a year ago, which no one was able to answer. The ...
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Edit the MSE help page about automatic deletion to remove a criterion that is not enabled here

The help page here on MSE about the roomba says that abandoned questions older than 365 days are deleted in certain cases as RemoveAbandonedQuestions. While this is true on main Q&A sites, as per ...
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Why aren't abandoned questions deleted on meta sites?

A long time ago, I asked this question under my old account. It has a score of 0 (but for a long time had a score of 1 with a deleted owner), has no answers, is not locked, has a low view count, and ...
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Which deletions are not shown in 10k-tools? Are posts deleted by roomba shown there?

As I learned from some other discussions, self-deleted posts are not shown in moderator tools available to 10k+ users. For example: Why are self-deleted posts not shown in the 10k Tools? Are there ...
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Preventing own question from being deleted as abandoned?

I have asked a question (on math.SE) that has not received any upvotes, answers, or comments. I have just discovered that, as per this post, the question may be automatically deleted after 1 year. ...
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How can I prevent my questions from being removed by roomba (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) after a user was removed?

The removal of a user might result in the loss of upvotes on some of my questions, which might in turn result in roomba* (Stack Exchange's automated question deletion system) deleting some of my ...
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Vote invalidation script should undelete questions that were previously wrongly deleted

When SE invalidates votes due to voting irregularities, the script should check whether those votes have caused any posts to be deleted, and undelete them if they wouldn't have been deleted without ...
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Why was this question with score of +2 deleted by Community?

The following question was deleted by Community♦ (Roomba): Simulate NPDAs with DTMs using only polynomial overhead Why? What the heck? The help page lists a bunch of criteria under which Roomba ...
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Is score or number of upvotes of an answer relevant for the rules about deleting?

This posts gives detailed rules about deleting questions: How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? (I will ...
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How to find closed questions that will not be auto-deleted

There is an auto-deletion process that removes open, abandoned questions, and under certain circumstances, closed questions. But there are many closed questions that are preserved. Looking for those ...
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1-year-old questions removed by Roomba: what happened if they are re-asked?

When a question is one-year-old, has received 0 upvote, 0 answer, fewer than 2 comments and not many visitors, it gets automatically removed. Has anyone looked at what happened if such questions are ...
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Automatically delete negatively-scored answers after a time

Downvoted, unanswered questions have been subject to automatic deletion for a long time. The same is not true of downvoted answers. On Super User, we have almost ten thousand non-accepted negatively-...
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Auto-fix duplicates of questions deleted by the Roomba

While normal users can no longer vote to delete questions that have other questions closed as duplicates of them, the automatic deletion script (a.k.a. the Roomba) still can, and does, delete such ...
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Lost 5 questions following a serial downvote

Yesterday, 5 of my questions were downvoted within 2 minutes on one Stack Exchange website (askubuntu). I didn't pay much attention to it as I thought that it would get detected as serial downvote, ...
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RemovedAbandonedClosed [duplicate]

Appears that RemovedAbandonedClosed is added after the date of the question removal, if the question is deleted by Community. Though it acts as a reason of removal (:P), I doubt it's intentional?
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When Roomba deletes a question, add it to the “deleted recent questions” list

When Roomba deletes a question, that would be great if the question always gets added it to the “deleted recent questions” list (or some other list). As of now, questions older than 60 days that ...
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When Roomba deletes a question, does it always end up in the "deleted recent questions" list?

When Roomba deletes a question, does it always end up in the "deleted recent questions" list? If not, in which cases will the question not end up in the "deleted recent questions" ...
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Notify the OP when a question is about to be removed by Roomba

Would it be possible to notify the OP when one of his/her questions is about to be removed by Roomba? I don't think it's very respectful to the OP to delete content without any warning and possibility ...
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What happens to duplicate targets that are eligible for auto-deletion?

A recently added feature blocks the deletion of duplicate targets, even by moderators. A user wishing to delete such a question is advised to reopen or delete the duplicates first. Presumably, ...
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Expanding the roomba to auto-delete self-accepted-answered questions with low views, low scores, and only 1 answer

For background info, read about the current roomba that runs automatically to delete questions. This is a feature-request to add one more rule set on when questions will be auto-deleted by the ...
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Expand the roomba scripts to delete year or more old, up voted, closed questions

Currently the roomba has a criteria that deletes quite a bit of open questions that are considered abandoned after a year: If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of ...
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Change to operation of Roomba when deleting duplicates

Earlier I noticed the question 12 v xbox connection on Electrical Engineering that is now a “Duplicate of…[deleted post]”. The question followed a pattern I've seen repeated many times: User posts a ...
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Are duplicates auto-deleted? [duplicate]

Is there any condition that makes duplicates to be auto deleted at all? Or the duplicate status would protect of it: If the question was closed more than 9 days ago, and ... not closed as a ...
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Proposed Change to Community Deletion Criteria

Per this answer, the Community user autodeletes any answer that matches this criteria (among others): The system will automatically delete closed (not as a duplicate), unlocked questions with zero or ...
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Is the automatic question deletion routine broken?

I believe Roomba (aka automatic question deletion) is broken. While working on some delete vote therapy(TM), I ran across 5 questions that met the criteria for being automatically deleted but had not ...
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Are rejected migrations ever automatically deleted from the destination site? Should they be?

Now that rejected migrations are clearly identified, the list of them can be found with Google. Browsing them, I noticed that some questions persist in the rejected-closed-locked state for many months;...
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Why did my old question suddenly disappear after it got downvoted once?

A couple of days ago I suddenly got down voted on two of my old questions within seconds (which I thought was a little suspicious, since neither had had any activity for a long time, but it was just -...
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