In a recent discussion the issue of scale of deletions was brought up. I remarked there that over the $12$-month period ending in February this year, $10$K users deleted $218$ questions altogether, about $0.6$ questions per day. Meanwhile the site was (and is) getting $400-500$ questions per day, a number of rather different scale.
Things have not changed much since February. The current situation in numbers:
- the site has $258$ users with $10K$ rep (some inactive)
- there are $4231$ closed questions, excluding duplicates and locked questions
- yet, only $125$ of those questions have any votes to delete
It's true that closure is not only about putting the question on path for deletion: there are some closed questions that should stay for historical reasons. Yet, the majority are of a rather different kind; the kind that contributes to the denominator of the site's signal/noise ratio.
One problem may be that $10K$ tools offer a list of closed questions that goes fewer than $24$ hours back, when it's too early to cast a delete vote. After trying several things, I found two sources of hit targets:
- SEDE query Questions with most delete votes (this is where the number $125$ comes from). These are probably of the higher priority in the delete queue.
- Search query for closed, non-locked, non-duplicate questions with score $\le 0$. This queue currently has $2850$ questions.
Is there a better way to look for delete-able questions? How do other $10$K users find them?