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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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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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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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: had 562 views within 1.1 year. This is way more views than ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we stop auto-deleting dupe-closed questions?

In this meta post, Shog9 writes: But don't delete duplicates Seriously, don't. Unless they're literally word-for-word duplicates, just leave them be - folks tend to find all sorts of different ways ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Automatically delete old closed questions, regardless of question score

According to, 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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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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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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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 ...
Ilmari Karonen's user avatar
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Do not auto-delete questions that have been undeleted

This question was closed, without answers, and no activity for at least a week, thus it was automatically deleted. Then, it came up on our Meta, and I decided to undelete it, to give more people the ...
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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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Making auto delete process more user friendly

For over a year now, there is an auto delete process in place that is taking care of old abandoned / dead questions and removing them. All good and I agree this should keep going to keep the place ...
Shadow The Spring Wizard's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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