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Your question was asked thirteen months ago. In that time it was viewed by thirty-three people, of whom zero voted postively or negatively. It was automatically deleted by the roomba after a year as an "abandoned question." Forgotten questions are deleted without notice by design --- it helps them stay forgotten. In the future, consider What should I do if ...


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Emilio asked that I turn my comment to an answer, so here goes, with edits, having responded to various comments: Imo, what one should also be considering when voting for closure or deletion should be if it is a question that could often come up in search engines . I learned through the discussion here that closure does not take a question out of the ...


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Firstly, the question shouldn't have been asked in the first place, there's no real point to discussing suspensions on meta in the way outlined by the post. Such posts basically serve as a public shaming. It's a record that a user had done something bad; which we really don't need to have around. As mentioned here, it's best to discuss actions, not users; ...


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I) In the specific case, the asker deleted the specific question (and thereby any answer in its thread). II) More generally, All users can not see deleted items in their own profile page listings, except for the last 60 days by clicking "deleted recent questions/answers". 10k+ users can view any deleted post if they have the post's URL. 10k+ users can ...


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The system automatically deletes questions under certain circumstances (using a process semi-officially known as "the roomba"). In this context, the most relevant criteria under which questions are deleted are essentially these: The question has been closed and not edited for 9 days, has no pending reopen votes and net score zero or less, all answers have ...


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If a user wants to delete an answer of theirs, we usually assume good faith. Perhaps they've decided their answer is wrong, in which case we definitely want them to be able to remove them. In the unusual case that an answer is deleted that demonstrably should not have been , the answer can be flagged for moderator attention by any user who notices the ...


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It seems you accidentally deleted your question 5 hours ago. Update: OP has now undeleted his question.


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In terms of keeping the site clean, I think the current situation does just fine. In terms of solicited deletions, then I think the example you give is pretty much the only contentious issue - questions with upvoted answers which the OP would like to delete. In particular, in this situation the accepted answer represents 20% of its poster's rep, so you are ...


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FYI, OP's question was deleted by the Community user following these SE rules. On the other hand, this question of OP is not deleted by the same SE rules, since e.g. it has an answer.


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You can't via the Q&A page itself: see How do I unfollow a deleted question? on Meta Stack Exchange. As @MassimoOrtolano indicated in the comments, it is possible now via the list of followed posts in your profile. However, you only see deleted posts there if you have 10k+ reputation, so this workaround doesn't work for everybody.


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I hope it's appropriate to post this. I can't think why it wouldn't be, so...


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You would need to bring it's edited condition to the attention of the moderators. A flag would have done, but this post will do. In the future a flag is preferred as there is no real reason to leave a public trail for this kind of day-to-day thing.


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OP's zero score question without answers was automatically deleted after 1 year. See also this related meta post. It is a deliberate SE design not to inform users of deletions. I manually undeleted OP's question.


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So... what exactly are you proposing that we do about it? I mean, I agree that this is undesirable behavior; while we do generally want to allow people to delete their own questions within reason, they shouldn't be able to do so when it takes away content contributed by others that may add value. SE has taken some action on this in the past, but it probably ...


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The SE has a cleanup process that automatically deletes questions that haven't been well received. The exact criteria for deleting questions are described here. Your question fell victim to the automatic clearup because it had no answers and a negative score.


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It seems that the discussion is partly also about finding out whether a deleted question has some answers. For 10k+ users this is easy. If you have a link, you just look at the question and you see the answers. (Even if the question is not deleted, you can see both deleted answers and answers which are not deleted.) One possibility for users with lower ...


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For closed questions, any answers that are there would be visible. See, for example, this question. If there is a closed question without answers, two things are possible. One, answers may have been deleted. These would show up if you have at least 10,000 reputation. In the question you asked about, there are no deleted answers. Which leaves the second ...


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Your question (10k link only) was deleted by the "Roomba", which is an algorithm that automatically deletes old questions which have a negative score and meet some other criteria. The details are listed in the help page I just linked. Specifically, the question you're asking about satisfies the following criteria: If the question was closed more ...


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Good of you to ask about this. Your question might be suitable for reopening, but here's why I'm a bit wary about that. Our policy on homework-like questions says that you need to narrow down the problem to the specific concept that is giving you trouble and ask about that. By showing your work, you've done a very good job of narrowing down the problem to ...


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There's too much banging of people's heads againts brick walls that we know won't budge around here. There are network-wide policies in place about suspensions which are there for a reason and we should not be asking for exceptional insider access for any particular one - any user of this site may well wind up thanking those policies, either from within a ...


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I'd also like to see more frequent deletion of closed questions which are not going to be improved. Unfortunately, as the comments have mentioned, the system imposes very stringent rep requirements for this. It means that in practice, deletions can only really be done by moderators (until we get more high-rep users), and I for one am trying to be more hands-...


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If a "delete" link appears below the question, at the left just under the tags, then click that. If you don't see that link, it means that something about the question or one of its answers makes it worth keeping. There are various reasons this can happen.


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Some poor quality questions should be systematically deleted. Examples include and this one: Other questions that should be deleted are closed questions based on false or nonsensical premises. An extreme example would be I understand that pigs can fly. I understand that all pigs are the same. Assuming this holds how can one keep pigs in a pen? Such ...


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Should it be prevented to close/delete posts which has received a bounty? Any posted answer that does not answer the question should be deleted, regardless of upvotes & bounties. I don't think either of your posts answered the questions asked. The one that was deleted made the preposterous claim that gravity doesn't exist and all mass is photons with ...


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Apparently it was automatically deleted (cf this meta post). I have undeleted it, and also requested that this particular autodelete functionality be turned off for smaller sites.


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When I vote to delete, I judge based on the content of the question (in its current state), rather than the answers it's attained. Typically, if a question is sufficiently downvoted (e.g., $\leq-3$) closed for at least 1 week (so in actual closed state, not 'on hold') unedited since closure it's, in my opinion, grounds for deletion regardless of answers: ...


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While the Moderator Tools privilege page and Meta SE FAQ "How does deleting work" are both rather vague on this point, 10k rep members can certainly vote to delete negatively-scored closed questions with positive score answers.1 The screenshots below are from https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/386239/how-do-i-solve-this-luminosity-question (10k rep ...


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I'd just like to chip in on the general idea and rationale behind closing these types of questions. As far as I can tell, and correct me if I'm wrong, the overarching reason we close questions on StackExchange is to curb the addition of content that doesn't add value to the site. In other words, the goal is to reduce noise. In the more specific case of ...


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To add a bit more detail to John Rennie's answer, your question was deleted by the "roomba", whose operation is described in the Help Center here. The specific reason given by the roomba was 'RemoveDeadQuestions', under these specific criteria: 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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I have been in the position of asking a question on an SE site (not this one) that I subsequently realised was inappropriate for that site. In that case I asked the mods to delete it and they did, for which I was grateful as I was a bit embarrassed to have posted the question. So I believe you should accede to the OP's request and delete the question. This ...


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