This is another example of an OP deleting a question after receiving an answer.


This has been discussed before: Why do some users delete their questions after receiving an answer?.

However, I wonder if there is a way to add a feature to gray out the question and then allow users to flag it for a Moderator after the question is deleted because this is unfair to the person that posted an answer. Currently, all a user sees is Page Not Found and that makes it very difficult to take any action.

Lastly, should this question and answer be resurrected because of the unfairness?


I see another (the same) question was just asked again: Find a jordan basis for the given T linear operator, as opposed to asking for clarification in the originally answered question.

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    $\begingroup$ I feel similarly about a question being closed and deleted after receiving highly-upvoted answers. Very frustrating. $\endgroup$
    – The Count
    Aug 27, 2019 at 1:26
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    $\begingroup$ Yes annoying, It happened that i signaled a same problem long time ago. $\endgroup$
    – Abr001am
    Aug 27, 2019 at 9:22
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    $\begingroup$ @TheCount yes, that is frustrating indeed. There is also a (new) chatroom that tries to undo such things. Although you don't have enough reputation to cast undelete votes it might be really helpful if you link such posts there. $\endgroup$
    – Zacky
    Aug 27, 2019 at 14:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Zacky Thanks for pointing that out. I proposed undeletion there. The question was not very good, but many of the answers (including, IMO, my own) were useful, I think. $\endgroup$
    – The Count
    Aug 27, 2019 at 22:04
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    $\begingroup$ +1 Glad to finally see a question about this. I feel this happens a lot on our site and needs to be addressed. $\endgroup$
    – Toby Mak
    Aug 31, 2019 at 9:10
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    $\begingroup$ There are some older posts related to self-deleted after getting an answer. (Some for the above comments are more related to deletions in general rather than this particular type of deletion.) For example: Why do some users delete their questions after receiving an answer? and Is there need to patrol for deleted questions? $\endgroup$ Sep 4, 2019 at 2:31

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For the current case: I merged the old version into the new one, thus preserving the initial answer.

It seems that the user asking, who is very new, reacted to feedback and did this rather well. Only, they deleted and reposted rather than editing. I explained them now how they should proceed.

For the general point, as you might know, for users with more than 10k+ this is in place already, they can see and flag deleted content. Your request seems to amount to lowering/abandoning the threshold for viewing deleted content. (Or do you have something more specific in mind?) I have mixed feelings about this, as deletion can also be useful. So, effectively abolishing it has some serious drawbacks.

If you happen to notice something like this you can always signal it in the dedicated thread on meta Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - today) or also ask in chat in the Math Mods' office or in CRUDE for example.

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    $\begingroup$ Appreciate the feedback and it already sounds like there is a solution in place, so no action on that front. $\endgroup$
    – Moo
    Aug 26, 2019 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ quid, perhaps you should also mention that when posting on Math Mods' office, one should ping mods. Otherwise there is a high change of being ignored. $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Aug 30, 2019 at 22:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Isa yes it can make sense to ping a pingable mod (I think usually I am pingable). That said, we do try to keep an eye on the room (even if we don't seem present), thus for the most part things don't get lost (I hope). But certainly everybody should feel free to ping. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Aug 30, 2019 at 23:04
  • $\begingroup$ really? I once posted there (without pings) and I was completely ignored by mods then. Only Martin replied to my request. And I think that was days later.. $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Aug 30, 2019 at 23:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Isa on the one hand, it was within about half a day, and you got to the point information. On the other hand, reconstructing from the date it seems you indeed had the misfortune to fall into my arguably least active week this year. Sorry about that. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Aug 30, 2019 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I just checked again and weren't days later but 15 hours later of Martin's response. Sorry. $\endgroup$
    – user486983
    Sep 5, 2019 at 21:50

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