I'm curious what the right response is to the situation where a post gets downclosed, and then the OP defaces it. For example,

For the <10K users, the post linked to above went from this:

Before defacement

to this:

After defacement

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    $\begingroup$ Flag a mod. Just let us know that the post was defaced. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:30
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    $\begingroup$ What exactly does "downclosed" mean? $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Jul 18, 2014 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ @JoelReyesNoche downvoted and closed $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Jul 18, 2014 at 2:16
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    $\begingroup$ That was not defacing, it was asking for help. Sort of what the site is about. $\endgroup$ Jul 18, 2014 at 4:08
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    $\begingroup$ @AndréNicolas No. To ask for help, one can add the same mention at the beginning of the post. $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Jul 18, 2014 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Joel: Also "upen", "upleted", "downceptted" (for answers) and who can forget "downleted". $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:01
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Don't forget "downpen" and "flagpen" :P $\endgroup$ Jul 20, 2014 at 6:52
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    $\begingroup$ @JChau: You mean "flappen". $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jul 20, 2014 at 9:11

1 Answer 1


I think the comment by robjohn applies to malicious defacement, but this case falls into another group: OP wants to delete their unanswered question but does not know how. In such a case, I would

  1. Rollback, to maintain professional appearance of the site's front page.
  2. ...
  3. (okay, you can stop laughing now)
  4. Inform the OP that there is a delete button just under the post, to the left.

Note that unregistered users can't delete own posts. If the user is unregistered, fall back on flagging for mod's attention.


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