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A useful principle governing these situations is Respect what the community contributes. This clearly implies that whenever someone has made a substantial reply to a question, the thread should remain visible to all. If the question or any answer has an upvote, preserving visibility becomes even more imperative. As a moderator, whenever I have ...


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It doesn't really sound like you are [would be] asking a duplicate question. I think a useful way to define a duplicate question isn't a question that uses some of the same terms, backstory, etc., but a question that would be answered by the answer in an existing thread. If that isn't the case, the new question shouldn't be considered a duplicate, in my ...


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A poster can delete their question if there isn't an upvoted answer. You are entitled to feel irritated, even annoyed, if you answered the question, or regarded the question as good but made extensive comments, and then the OP deleted. But this is allowed behaviour. It's happened to me -- and to many others, I imagine. Conversely, when comments run that a ...


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It seems to me the overarching raison d'etre for CV is to create a body of high quality information about statistics, machine learning, etc., and only secondarily to provide short term assistance to individuals (although that is clearly worthwhile as well). Working from that principle, I see several conclusions: If there is valuable information in the ...


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The question you mention is How to deal with a fake scientist?, it got the -30 score and was deleted by the community, as voted by amoeba, kjetil b halvorsen, Xi'an on Nov 4 '17 at 13:25, neither of whom is or was a mod at that time. You gain the more privileges on the site with reputation, so at some point users are able to cast delete votes. Please notice ...


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The question was deleted because enough votes were cast to delete it (none by a diamond moderator, as it happens). It was a rant, written in response to a frustrating experience on our site, not a real question; & perhaps by now rather embarrassing to the user that posted it—who will be, after all, four years older. The answer took the question at ...


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Just expanding on comments so that this has a answer... Your post satisfied the requirements for the automated deletion by StackExchange after a certain amount of time had passed. Specifically, your question failed the RemoveDeadQuestions script, which will delete questions if all of the following apply: question is older than 30 days; has −1 or lower ...


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I think the automatic locking by the Community user is somehow to do with migrations of a question from/to this site being rejected. The rules Community follows have changed over time—see Allow diamond moderators to reverse question migrations?. Anyway, please feel free to flag any such questions you think should be deleted & ask a moderator to ...


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If a question gets on hold (gets "closed"), it is automatically deleted if it has no upvotes, and no answers, or no upvoted answers. You can find the details in this post: Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?.


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When a user account is deleted their negatively voted questions are automatically deleted—even if they've got upvoted answers. There's a (currently open) feature request to change this: A question should not be deleted by the user deletion algorithm if it has upvoted answers. But it's just an ordinary deletion: if you can see the deleted question (you ...


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Taking advantage of this subject, if anyone is interested: I wrote a query in Stack Exchange Data Explorer to evaluate borderline questions to the RemoveDeadQuestions script, the one which automatically deleted the OP's question in the main site (see Sycorax's answer). What the query does is to find questions which are one vote shorter from meeting ...


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If it is a problem, how do/should we dissuade or prevent this deletion? One doesn't have to dissuade or prevent such (indeed unfortunate but often due to SE issues, not CV issues) deletions: one can instead simply re-post the question oneself with the proper credits, since the Stack Exchange license allows it.


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OP here. I had no idea this discussion existed until I just now randomly clicked on it in the "Featured on Meta" window on the side of the website, so I'm late to the party. The previous question was indeed based on the same problem description, but the problem itself was different. It is common knowledge that, in such a case, best practice is ...


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To the OP, I looked at your long answer and some of it sounds rude. So it might have been painful to the questioner and maybe that's why he deleted his question and the thread. Here's a particular bit I thought was rude: Now this here is a technical measurement. (you quoted the questioner's irrelevant colloquialism) Your terminology is unfamiliar. ...


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Another useful principle is Respect what the original poster asked SE's own 2015 statistics highlight the surprising fact that all questions posted on this (entire) domain are down voted once. Given that not all SE forums are equally harsh, some must be worse than others to maintain the average. Some of these down voted questions are asked by non-...


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