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No, I don't (personally) believe all previous actions of a user should become "Moderator actions" (capital 'M') once they gain that diamond ♦. From 1-reputation upward, everyone on this site is earning increasing abilities to perform various "moderator actions." The whole site is based on community self-moderation. But when a moderator earns that diamond ♦,...


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I'm glad you asked this... There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding how much stuff gets deleted, and who is responsible - so I'm going to provide a bit more information than what you asked for, in hopes of clearing this up. Questions deleted during the past 365 days on Stack Overflow 659,974 questions were deleted in total 387,197 were deleted by the ...


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This would be a good ability to add here. The removal of the reopen vote should act like removing a close vote: you can remove it only once and cannot be used on said post again. Instead of the pop-up saying that are you sure that you want to reopen the question, the pop-up should say: Are you sure you want to retract your reopen vote (the reopen vote ...


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This is important - but, more importantly, the app should really let users delete their own posts. This is particularly relevant because self-deletion is usually something that's assumed that other users can do, and it can be a very frustrating experience for a new user (i.e. just registered, and only using the app) to be told to delete their post but ...


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Your answer was "hated" because the question asked how to "Create a simple GUI class using windows.h" and you wrote a two-page rant culminating in a bit of code for wxwindows. I don't particularly like writing raw WinAPI GUIs either, but there are reasons for knowing how to write them and if that's what the asker wanted to learn you could have at least ...


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Why not allow any user to see their own deleted questions, even if they aren't question banned (yet)? A user might have deleted a couple of questions and, potentially, learn that they can proactively improve those to avoid a ban, instead of waiting for the ban to happen and learning how to reverse it later. I realize most won't go out of their way to learn ...


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I think one major issue is that deletions can't be properly reviewed, mostly because of the incredibly poor interface. The 10K tools are well hidden, even more so after the introduction of the new review queues. And even if you manage to find them, the list of recent deletions is extremely limited and uninformative, you'll have to actually visit each ...


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I agree with Robert. I think there's one important point he didn't mention, though: we were all new users at one point or another, unfamiliar with the special way Stack Exchange does things. Just because someone understands how to make good "Stack-appropriate" choices today doesn't mean he had that same understanding x years ago, when he first gained the ...


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This would only be a sticking plaster, but let people see their deleted questions if only for the first 48 hours after deletion. The links to them would still remain invisible to everyone else (except moderators). This coupled with notification of comments should give people enough time to correct the post (if it is salvageable) while still having it off ...


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This sounds very sensible. It happens rarely, but can be really annoying if it does - especially when the question is advanced, and you've started researching and thinking about the answer. It would have to be a mere reminder, though, and not block the deletion. The OP needs to be able to delete the question if they want.


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Yes, a sufficient number of delete recommendations (currently 6 on most sites, 4 on Stack Overflow) will cause the post to be deleted immediately, provided it has zero or negative score. (If it has a positive score, it will raise an automatic moderator flag instead.) Why these numbers? They were chosen based on the data... And on most sites it also matches ...


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I don't think a "stop doing this" post on meta is something that will work on a site the size of Stack Overflow. There are a lot of people who don't participate in meta and given the ease with which some tags generate rep, it's not hard for someone to amass 20k without learning the site's culture. However, I don't advocate taking away the privileges either, ...


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Speculation: this is due to this bug-fix: Moderator name appears twice on deleted post Order of delete votes cast: Gordon before he was a mod, then hakre, then Gordon♦. The fix worked, but left an unsightly trailing , where it shouldn't be (after hakre's name - this doesn't happen in ordinary circumstances, there is no coma after the last voter's name). In ...


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I don't think anything is wrong with the system insofar as we are discussing here, except for one thing; I do think that it could be useful for the Looks Good button to instead be titled, for example, Don't Delete. I think Don't Delete gets across the point neatly: You aren't saying the post is "stellar" or even 'good', but you are saying that you don't ...


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The questions linked to in the chat conversation were garbage. The very definition of the kind of content we don't want here, and what delete votes are for. Example: I have this link http://xxx.com/u.php?link=http://xx.com/MZ_THUMB.jpg&w=120&h=120 I want to replace this part: &w=120&h=120 with a blank so i would ...


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So... That's actually a really good question. There is a reason, but it's kinda locked up in the history of the close tool, so it isn't entirely obvious... And perhaps it has outlived its usefulness. The first hint to this past comes from the privilege itself: while it's called "View Close Votes", if you read the description carefully... This privilege ...


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There's no point to that. Once the deletion goes through, all the rep lost from downvoting the question will be restored. Even worse, by un-downvoting the question, you're making it hard for others to vote to delete as well. Since you obviously want the question gone, this is rather counterproductive, yes? Yeah, you can "exploit" this. But not to any ...


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Users can now see recent deleted questions in their profile. We're normally not particularly eager to direct folks in that direction though, since in many cases they'd be hard-put to salvage them: most folks who hit the quality bans have made a lot more mistakes than just deleting their questions, if they had anything to do with the deletions at all... ...


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Speaking specifically to the context of your question, we have: Good: This code compiles (or parses) fine, but I expected the following output, apparently -10 == 10 ... or ... I'm trying to work around this known parser / compiler bug/limitation, but I'm still making it mad. Because I did [x], I was sure I'd get [y]. I'm still getting [z], why? ...


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My bad, refactoring oops. The mighty Nick Craver has written a patch, which I am sending out right now, please verify the fix :-)


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An answer that is not an answer should be deleted (should be a comment, doesn't answer the question etc...). Answers that are answers but are factually wrong or are actively bad (say promote SQL Injection) should get downvoted, but not deleted.


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There are different kinds of wrong. "Wrong" as in "completely unrelated to the question"? Go ahead and delete those. "Wrong" as in "yes, that will solve the problem, but that's a bad idea"? Those should be downvoted. Think of it as a lesson - showing a bad solution can be helpful as well, especially if it's an obvious solution that others may gravitate ...


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You should do two things: (1) flag it and (2) if it's really a low-traffic site, consider alerting a moderator or other users who are willing to help it go to 6 flags over spam.* First, Flag It Flagging is best. It makes posts "die harder" and also helps train the spam filter, create IP blocks, and so on. Flags do sometimes take longer to take effect than ...


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Because the total delete votes needed scale based on score. Doing a quick history score calculation for that question just before it was deleted gives me this: up | down | score | est. voters needed | ----------------------------------------- 401 | 8 | 393 | 19 | That roughly matches the 18 voters you've found. The number of ...


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Questions should in most cases be closed before being deleted, the only exception is spam or offensive content. For those there are the flags that cause deletion, so manual deletion is usually not necessary. In all other cases, allowing quicker deletion instead of just closure could make it harder for the community to review such decisions. Deleted ...


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Your answer had a bit of useful information, but the overall tone was a rant, not an answer. And the rant was invalid. The Windows API is one of the most elegant I've encountered. None of the others have anything like MsgWaitForMultipleObjectsEx to provide a single event loop for UI, sockets, files, thread completion, usermode APC, and in fact any ...


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Moderators can delete any answer, even if it's accepted. (I believe that back when this question was posted moderators could not delete accepted answers.) So flag your post and explain why you want it deleted. I recommend editing your answer to explain your mistake nonetheless, otherwise visitors who see your answer before the flag is handled might get the ...


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Taking out the trash is indeed wholesome; this is being implemented such that you get an extra delete-vote (up to a maximum of 30 per day) for every 1000 rep after getting access to the moderation tools (typically 10k - I can't remember if that varies on beta/SE sites, etc) - so someone with 22k on stackoverflow would get: 5 votes by default 12 extra votes ...


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