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I thought that the question with an upvoted answer cannot be auto-deleted. (And that it can be deleted only by votes of users who have privilege to vote for deletion.)

In faq entry How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? it says about the deletion by the system:

By the system:

  1. The system will automatically delete any post flagged six times as > offensive or spam.

  2. The system will automatically delete closed (not as a duplicate), unlocked questions with zero or negative score having no upvoted or accepted answers or pending reopen votes, that were closed 9 or more days ago and haven't been edited in the past 9 days.

  3. The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions that have negative score after 30 days.

  4. The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions with score of zero (or one if the owner is deleted), fewer than 1.5 views per day on average, and fewer than two comments after 365 days.

  5. The system will automatically delete any question (and its answers) or answer with a score less than 0 when its owner's account is deleted.

  6. The system will automatically delete questions migrated to other sites after 30 days.

If I did not miss something, the only case is if the owner's account is deleted and score is less than zero (the fifth point). This happened, for example, here.

However, this question was autodeleted, the user still exists and it has one upvoted answer. It was closed but if I understand correctly the second point (which mentions deleting questions having no upvoted or accepted answers or pending reopen votes), if there is upvoted answer, it should not be deleted.

Screenshot showing the state of that particular question at the moment:

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The upvoted answer was deleted by its author. Deleted answers are not considered by automatic deletion scripts.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I should have noticed that. This explains this particular case. (So I suppose that I was right in thinking that a question with an upvoted answer cannot be auto-deleted. Only in this case I did not notice that the answer had already been deleted at the time of auto-deletion.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Aug 11 '14 at 7:29
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    $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Yes, a positively scored answer would prevent automatic deletion otherwise. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Aug 11 '14 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ Is it that a positively scored answer prevents auto-deletion or an upvoted answer prevents auto-deletion? $\endgroup$ – Isaac Aug 11 '14 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ @Isaac Positively scored. If upvotes are canceled with downvotes, the auto-deletion applies. This is why we had this lovely discussion. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Aug 11 '14 at 19:03

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