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My meta question seemed to be deleted. Where can I find an explanation on deleting a question(on meta or main)? I would like to know on what conditions a question can be deleted. I searched help, meta, but I could not find it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Which question are you referring to? $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Aug 19 '13 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JonasMeyer "Should a near-duplicate meta question not be posted?" or something like that. $\endgroup$ – Makoto Kato Aug 19 '13 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ This one. I'll add the link. $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Aug 19 '13 at 16:36
  • $\begingroup$ @JonasMeyer Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Makoto Kato Aug 19 '13 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ Should you need to locate deleted materials in the future: this page lists your recent deleted questions, and this one lists recently deleted answers. (Of course, nobody can use these links but you). $\endgroup$ – user90090 Aug 19 '13 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ @user90090 Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Makoto Kato Aug 19 '13 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Makoto: Users with at least 10,000 points can see all questions and answers that were recently deleted not by the poster using the review menu, and that includes your case here. $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Aug 19 '13 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ @JonasMeyer Thanks again. $\endgroup$ – Makoto Kato Aug 19 '13 at 16:49
  • $\begingroup$ Relevant FAQ entry. $\endgroup$ – Lord_Farin Aug 19 '13 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ @MakotoKato "I searched help, meta, but I could not find it." For future reference, Google often does a better job of turning up relevant links than does the SE search interface. The relevant thread (linked by quid below) is the second result here $\endgroup$ – Scott H. Aug 19 '13 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ @ScottH. Great. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Makoto Kato Aug 19 '13 at 20:16
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"I would like to know on what conditions a question can be deleted."

What happened in this case was that 3 users voted to delete it. You can read details on the technical ways a post can be deleted in general here (thanks quid for providing the link).

The technical mechanism applies regardless of what reason a user chooses to vote to delete a question. Perhaps a discussion on guidelines for when to delete questions could be useful, but before starting such I would recommend searching first for other meta posts on the matter (I have not done so).

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  • $\begingroup$ A user with 20,000 can also vote to undelete, which personally I would if I had the reputation points for it. I don't see any reason for Makoto Kato's question to have been deleted. $\endgroup$ – Ataraxia Aug 19 '13 at 17:00
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. [Perhaps a discussion on guidelines for when to delete questions could be useful, but before starting such I would recommend searching first for other meta posts on the matter (I have not done so). ] I searched the help and meta, but could not find it. $\endgroup$ – Makoto Kato Aug 19 '13 at 17:04
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    $\begingroup$ I think your description is a bit off. mod-tool-priv users (10k+ here) can vote only 48h after closure but then the score of question is not relevant (except for the number of needed votes 3 up to 10), trusted users (20k+ here) can vote without this delay but then there is a score restriction (<= -3 I think) For details see meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/10698/… $\endgroup$ – quid Aug 19 '13 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ @quid: Thank you for the correction. I've had 20k+ for long enough to have forgotten the difference (and didn't look it up), but I thought I knew from experience that $\leq -1$ suffices for 20k+. Your link is to this thread. I made it vague for now, with the intention that later I'll make sure a link to definitive rules is included. $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Aug 19 '13 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry for the wrong link; copied the url from the wring tab here is the relevant meta.SO faq-question to which I wanted to link it says there -3 for Q and -1 for A, perhaps that explains your experience. edit: Now I forgot the link completely! Here the link meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/… $\endgroup$ – quid Aug 19 '13 at 18:11

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