These days I've looked a little for the questions eligible for deletion, and I'm very confused. How the system chooses amongst the questions which one can be deleted and which one can't?

For instance, this question has 4 downvotes, and it's old enough, however it's not proposed for deletion, while this question it is (well, this is also a duplicate, but I've seen similar questions to the first one which were not nominated for deletion).

  • $\begingroup$ The first one is not closed. 10k users can only vote to delete closed (or on-hold) questions. $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2015 at 10:18

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A user can vote to delete a question when all of the following hold:

  • the users has at least 10.000 points.

  • the question is on-hold/closed since at least 48h.

  • the question is neither locked nor a duplicate target.

For users with at least 20.000 the 48h rule does not apply for questions with low score.

Nobody but moderators (including the community-user) and the author can vote to delete open questions.

(This discussion excludes self-deletions. )


This was basically answered in Daniel Fischer's comment. Anyway, to get the question answered, I will copy the relevant details from the documentation.

From the description of the privileges you obtain at 10k:

You must wait for a question to be closed for 2 days before you can vote for deletion. This restriction is removed for trusted users when a post scores -3 or lower. If you feel a post should be deleted despite having lots of votes or for being new, please flag it for community moderator attention.

From How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

Users with reputation >= 10k (more precisely, the “moderator tools” privilege; 2k on beta sites) can vote to delete questions that have been closed/on-hold for 48 hours. It takes three votes to delete; more if the question is popular, but ten votes at most.


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