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Because I have big thumbs and I'm still getting used to the new flag handling interface. I meant to close it, but not delete it, and I'm not certain I know how I actually did that. This just happened to another mod on another site during a migration of a question. Something about resolving a flag happening asynchronously and the DOM updating with the ...


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I checked the logs on this to make sure, and did a bit of experimentation to see if I could reproduce. The moderator who deleted this was handling flags from the mod dashboard (the post you reference had a pending flag at the time). They'd expanded a preview on a previous post and then deleted it, after which they deleted both the question and another ...


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Im just wondering why my codegolf account was killed I even contributed a game concept tiny.cc/ZeVeRoH all history deleted on that site. You did not contribute a game concept, you spammed the main and meta sites with questions and answers that contained nothing more than a poster and the URL of your website. Most of your other posts were just nonsense. ...


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If I spend my time and it gets deleted, my work was completely in vain. There are few things I despise more in this world than senselessness. And creating something that is destroyed is the the ultimate senselessness. I disagree with this pretty strongly. Authors are frequently advised to "kill their babies", getting rid of pet ideas, plots, characters, ...


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No. It's a good idea to delete a question or answer as soon as you realize that it has no purpose, will never do you or anyone else a bit of good, and nothing you can realistically imagine doing to it will change that fact. But one downvote? That's nothing. Scratch that; it's better than nothing, it's a challenge - someone's told you you don't got what ...


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I agree; there's a big difference between +0/-15 and +10/-25 (or +100/-115). Controversial is not the same as uniformly rejected. Sometimes the controversy might not even be about the question itself but rather about other intertwined issues. In a related question Shog declined a request to turn off the Roomba entirely on child metas, arguing that ...


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Not all questions can be deleted by regular users; generally speaking, only downvoted and closed (e.g. as off-topic or unclear) questions. It's generally done to avoid broken-windows; bad questions which aren't deleted still show up in search results (especially with narrow searches) and inspire other people to post similar bad questions. You shouldn't ...


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My modus operandi is to delete only blatantly off-topic questions; i.e. questions that were posted here by accident. Ignorance of what Meta is counts as an accident; the vast majority of the users don't make that mistake twice. The deletion is an extra indication to those users that those questions don't belong here. A bonus is that they aren't shown, not ...


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No, there's no such thing or concept in Stack Exchange. Once you post question or answer it's public to everyone. You can delete it under certain conditions, but even then any user with 10k reputation and any moderator will still be able to see that post. In extreme cases, moderator can "hard delete" a revision, aka redact it, see What should I do if a ...


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There's nothing stopping you from asking a question and referencing the original question in it while describing how your question differs from that. That's not only a valid question but it shows research. One of the reasons to downvote is asking a question that shows no research and so you're already on track to avoid that fate. In fact better than that, ...


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I think I've discovered the cause of this bug. The post you linked not only has helpful spam or abuse flags, but it was also locked after being deleted, so the system treats it as if it were deleted as spam or abuse (those are locked at the same time as being deleted), and as such attempts to strip the title from the URL. The regex that removes the title ...


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If I was an inexperienced asker and if I had my question deleted at small negative score I would think that possibly I just accidentally caught an eye of some overly strict moderator and maybe it makes sense to try my luck and ask again. (no, I wouldn't count close voters in that obscure banner and no, I wouldn't check boring help center. Nor would I trust ...


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The reason that I am a passionate contributor (poster, voter, editor, commenter, etc) to Stack Exchange sites is because they do not promote the idea of asking any question any way you like. I value the time of visitors to, and users of, these sites who are looking for instant answers to their questions. The best way that they can quickly recognize whether ...


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Yes, duplicate questions can be deleted. It seems you're confused by different points in the FAQ about deletion. You say your post was deleted with the reason of: deleted by Community♦ 10 hours ago (RemoveDeadQuestions) RemoveDeadQuestions is mentioned in the FAQ as being used for deleted questions meeting the criteria under point 9: The system ...


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Is the accept sign automatically removed when a question is deleted? As @quid notes in the comments, new deletions do remove the accept sign. It used to be different before 2012, when interestingly, the deletion causes the accepted answer to not show up at the top anymore. Does this include the +15 reputation point for accepted answer, or are these ...


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We generally do not reveal many details about the algorithm, but we're perfectly comfortable saying that multiple iterations of close/reopen or delete/undelete cycles does not have any effect on the block at all and your behavior regarding deletions is not related to your current block status on Math Overflow. We would not want to discourage users from ...


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Even if your question is a duplicate, generally you should not delete it. Duplicate questions can help users find the original question, just go to this help center article for more information on if you should delete your questions after a long time of thinking. If you still feel the post should be removed, if your question has not been answered yet, you ...


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No, you cannot make them private. By posting content, you have agreed to the Terms of Service, which state Subscriber Content You agree that any and all content, including without limitation any and all text, graphics, logos, tools, photographs, images, illustrations, software or source code, audio and video, animations, and product feedback (...


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The real problem is not whether users should heavily downvote off-topic question but how the site can avoid seeing this in the future. Screenshot taken today I am confident that these posts, with the exception of the duplicate request, will be deleted swiftly. But the real discussion should focus on whether MSE users should spend time posting ...


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It's about the same as normal sites. Read here: Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators. In my opinion, questions like this should be manually deleted as quickly as possible. Roomba can take a long time to delete many questions. Blatantly off-topic questions (which ...


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This should work again now. Enjoy reading all those horribly offensive page 2 answers to those horribly offensive deleted questions!


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Not all events affecting reputation are calculated and displayed in real time. Give it a chance to work itself out (usually less than an hour, 24 hours max). Your reputation should display correctly in short order.


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I'd say that it's OK to allow the reposted question to continue, provided that the author is making some effort to get an answer to the question, and isn't repeatedly reposting the same question again and again. Per the help center page on the Roomba, the main intent of the script is primarily just to clean up the site and reduce the annoyance to other ...


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How does deleting a subsequent question help anyone? Whom does it benefit? Conversely, how would leaving a question like mine in place hurt anyone? Stack Exchange is a network of Question & Answer sites. If you have a question no one asked before, you can ask it and hopefully get answers to it. If someone asked it before and received good answers, you ...


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Deleted questions are not taken into account (on Ask Different, we have over 40k of deleted questions, which would skew our numbers likewise), but a good question is: what exactly does % answered mean? I've written a SEDE query to find out; logical candidates are: questions with answers questions with upvoted answers (i.e. the criterion for not ending up ...


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Sometimes, a wrong answer (which is clearly indicated as being wrong by having a negative score; answers scoring -3 or lower are grayed out) still provides instructional value; it indicates what people should not do when they have the same question as the OP. This may be very helpful if for whatever reason they can't use the advice given in a good scoring ...


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I do not think that this is a bug. To me a delay of 15-30 minutes between deleting a post and seeing any reputation changes on it reversed seems reasonable because those reputation changes are probably performed by a script that runs every 15-30 minutes.


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So while I don't disagree for deleting such questions, should we have a special treatment for them? No, I don't believe that implementing this would be a good use of SE's resources. They should better be spend on other features. There is a possibility to see deleted questions for quite some time - linked to in your question. The question doesn't just ...


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Quoting Shog9 here: This only applies to the RemoveAbandonedQuestions check; all other automated question deletion routines documented on that page run on both main and meta sites. So yes, RemoveDeadQuestions runs on Meta, and here's a live example:


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It's actually very simple: you get to keep the reputation if the post is an answer has a score of 3 or higher is deleted 60 days (1440 hours, 86400 minutes) later than its creation timestamp. It doesn't matter how long it actually has been visible, or even how long it was on the site: I recently earned 70 reputation on Literature Stack Exchange because a ...


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