Questions tagged [auto-delete]

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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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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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 scripts ...
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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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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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Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?

Related to Meta Super User efforts: Old unanswered inactive questions with low views/votes and Meta Server Fault efforts: Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions We already auto-remove ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should closed questions that are negatively voted be automatically deleted?

When I google a programming question and the search results bring a Stack Overflow link, I always click that link. That’s because I know that (1) it is very likely that there will be good answers to ...
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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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Automatic deletion of a question

Is there any automatic deletion of a question in place? I saw the I did it for the lulz question and figured this would get deleted right away, but it didn't. Seems like after about -10 its probably ...
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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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Automatically delete old closed questions, regardless of question score

According to https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/92006/141361, we automatically delete old question with negative/0/1 scores (depending on time passed) and no answers. I'd like to suggest extending ...
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When a deleted answer get pruned and gone forever? [closed]

I recently deleted an answer of mine in a question on Super User as the current answer proved mine to be false and, as such, maybe even harmful. Now, I'd like to offer @Nathan a +50 bounty, which I ...
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Is it okay to send old questions to doom?

Given this context: If the question is more than 30 days old, and ... has -1 or lower score has no answers is not locked ... it will be automatically deleted. I have downvoted some 30-odd ...
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Possible duplicate comment deletion is over-zealous [duplicate]

I've just had two comments on Subtract boolean from float in python deleted. One was the standard possible duplicate comment, which gets deleted when the post gets marked as a duplicate. The other ...
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Why is the Community user in a deletion war with a mod?

We have a closed question with 0 sum votes (+2/-2). It got deleted by the Community user. Fine. Then came along DoubleAA (a mod) and undeleted it. Then comes Community and deletes it a few hour later....
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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 ...
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Turbocharging the Roomba: solutions for premature deletion

A couple weeks ago, I asked for help: How can we stop premature deletion? And I got some fantastic responses. A big thanks to everyone who participated in that discussion - you're the reason I don't ...
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Can the system leave a deletion reason when it deletes a question?

A user asked why they were question banned; it turned out it (in part) it was because of deleted questions. One of the deleted questions was deleted by the Community user. I'm aware it will delete ...
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Algorithm for Community deletion of questions [duplicate]

Is the algorithm for Community deletion of questions documented anywhere? I'm interested in both the SO and MSO algorithms, in case they are different. If it matters, the trigger for this question is ...
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Should we really have RemoveDeadQuestions on smaller sites?

Related: Please undelete this question on String Theory According to this post If the question is more than 30 days old, and ... has −1 or lower score has no answers is not locked ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Answers to a deleted question not deleted?

I just ran across this review item and immediately thought to myself "yes, that should be deleted." But before I recommended deletion, I took a quick look at the question. What the hell? A red ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the question does not end up in the "deleted recent questions" list?
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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 ...