# Why can a question be deleted (by non-moderator users) without being closed?

I noticed that this question: How to solve $$\ln t = t-1$$ to get $$t=1$$? was deleted by three users without even being closed. How could that happen? Is that a system bug?

Note：it was closed and deleted before, but it was reopened later by five users (including myself). Here is the timeline: https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/3146074/timeline

• Tangentially, the specific situation is a bit odd. A users vote to delete something only to vote to reopen it two minutes later... Maybe it was a just a clicking-error. – quid Apr 26 '19 at 20:20

This is because it is possible that a question can have five reopen votes from users with above 10k reputation even whilst it remains deleted. An old post on the main meta explains some reasons why this is allowed, so it is not a system bug.

However, it is not possible to vote to close a question when it has already been deleted. As you have probably expected, for non-moderator users, neither is it possible to direct delete a question without closing it first.

As seen in the timeline, it is interesting that the question has been disputed many times, as it does not have sufficient context.

• Your last sentence is completely irrelevant to what is under discussion. "as it does not have sufficient context" is merely a personal opinion. But thanks for the info. – Jack Apr 26 '19 at 15:19
• @Jack No problem. But it is relevant to why the questions was closed (at a few points) and deleted, although it may not be what most concerns this question. – TheSimpliFire Apr 26 '19 at 15:21