This question is interesting, but I found it deleted by Community.

I'd like to know who actually delete the questions under this generic name, and what are the the reasons behind such decisions.

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    $\begingroup$ Automatic deletion by the Community bot. No answer (the one answer it had was deleted by owner), no activity, negative score, that makes an auto-deletion after 30 days. You can find details on meta.so if you're interested. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – user26857
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ De nada. If you find it interesting, vote to undelete. I'm still reading the question to ponder. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer I just did it! $\endgroup$
    – user26857
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 19:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Daniel When I vote to undelete I get the message "A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted". This seems wrong. User votes should trump those of a bot. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 20:50
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    $\begingroup$ @BillDubuque Then Community deletions count as moderator deletions in that respect, I didn't remember. Flag it for moderator attention and explain why you think it should be undeleted. Moderators can. But somebody should do something with that post when it is undeleted, otherwise it will be deleted again in a month or so. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 20:52

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There are four types of automatic deletion of questions: after 9 days (certain closed questions), after 30 days (downvoted unanswered questions, also migration stubs), and after 365 days (0-score unanswered questions). The details are found here.

In an earlier implementation of this process, automatic deletions were done with no record in the question's history, like here. Such undocumented deletions were reversible by users. But now they are attributed to Community ♦, which has a diamond: hence, no undeletion by users other than mods. This was pointed out in Should questions removed automatically for inactivity really be non-undeletable? and more recently came up in Do not auto-delete questions that have been undeleted.

It is not clear if this behavior was intended; in any case, it should not be difficult to change. But from the look of things, it appears that few people take interest in autodeleted questions, and none of those who do work for SE.


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