There was a question:


It was closed but wasn't downvoted below 0. So Why has it been deleted?

  • $\begingroup$ I have tagged this as (specific-question). If you want to discuss the general issue (i.e., when a question is auto-deleted) and this particular question was used merely as an example, feel free to remove the tag. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ I don't see how this would a duplicate of that. It is a question about how the autodeletion works, not a request for undeletion. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 19:59

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This answer on meta.SE gives the criteria for autodeletion, and this question met one of them. Although one of the other criteria depends on the score being negative, the one for closed questions without upvoted or accepted answers, etc., only requires that the score be nonpositive.

  • $\begingroup$ I thought it was deleted by three 20k users. Thank you for your answer. $\endgroup$
    – user103816
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 16:02
  • $\begingroup$ @user31782: For deletion by users, there is no requirement that the score be even nonpositive. Closed questions (i.e., past the "on hold" period) can be closed by the votes of 10k users even if they have positive score. [deleted and reposted to correct two homophone errors] $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ @JonasMeyer You wrote "can be closed" instead of "can be deleted". Also, the waiting period for deletion is 48 hours, while for [on hold]->[closed] it's five days. These are not related by software, but some users prefer to wait until the [closed] stage. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Rafflesiaarnoldii: Thank you. The first point is another typo, the second I neglected to research, and although not technically incorrect, is potentially misleading. I prefer to wait until [closed] stage anyway, but I appreciate the information and correction. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 4:03

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