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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

I have noticed that sometimes answers are downvoted in order to cause the automatic deletion of a question by the community user. In particular, there are closed questions with $1$-point answers - ...
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Erased comment? [duplicate]

Roughly an hour ago, I wrote a comment on this question. It wasn't offensive, I was merely pointing out the similarity with the arcsinh function and the obvious change of variable that it allows. An ...
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Can I delete a question permanently?

I want to delete a question permanently, also from the deleted questions section. Is it possible? Also, are my deleted question viewable by some users?
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My upvoted and answered question was deleted what to do [duplicate]

I had posted a question on mathematics stack exchange website 3 weeks ago with my attempt. Some of the users accepted it with 6 upvotes at that time. After 7 hours it was answered by an user and I ...
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How to handle a "hidden" answer

I am confused by the message "This answer is hidden. This answer was deleted and converted to a comment" that I got when I tried to answer my own question. After a year developing a better ...
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May I ask why my answer was deleted without explanation?

In Why do we believe the equation ax+by+c=0 represents a line?, I wrote this answer: Let $A=\left(x_{A},y_{A}\right)$ and $B=\left(x_{B},y_{B}\right)$ be distinct points. We define the line $l$ ...
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Should I delete my question if I already got a definitive answer?

There are a lot of times when I just post a question, and a couple minutes after, I get an answer that just completely answers the question without any problems. Take this one. I posted it, and ...
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How do I get my question deleted?

I cannot delete this question because "it has an answer", even when the "answer" does not even attempt to answer the question at all. It only repeats what I wrote in the question, ...
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Should my comment have been deleted?

This MathSE posted question is excerpted below: $$\int \frac{x+3}{x^2+5x+2}$$ besides going with imaginary numbers how should I proceed to solve this integral? I was trying to factorize the ...
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Why aren't duplicates deleted?

Let's say a question is closed as duplicate and someone provided the link of the original question: Wouldn't it be better that duplicates are deleted off of the site? Or deleting them would be a ...
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I wrote an answer to my own question but it got deleted because someone didn't understand my question

Yesterday I asked a question which was quite open ended and lacked direction because I wasn't sure exactly what I was asking. I put some examples and very general statements to try to account for my ...
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Is there a limit to how many Q/A could be deleted safely?

I have recently learnt that deleting questions is not the correct way to improve our bad quality Q/A. For example on an SE site, If someone had low reputation and asked some bad quality question and ...
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Useless question should be deleted?

I have asked a question and it has turned out to be useless. I misunderstood the statement of a theorem and that is why my doubt was absurd. The question does not contribute anything and the ...
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Why was this comment section deleted? [duplicate]

Over the past 24 hours, this question's comment section was summarily deleted. I do not understand why. No moderator left a comment explaining why comments were deleted. Clarification would be most ...
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Self-deleted answer undeleted by other users

I deleted one of my answers a little less than three years ago. Today I discovered that the answer had been undeleted by three high-reputation users in August of this year. To the best of my knowledge ...
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Please elaborate why this question was deleted.

https://math.stackexchange.com/q/4599061/1020656 I asked this question some days ago and also got some clear answers.( though I didn't marked any answer at that time as accepted because on that day I ...
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Does MSE discourage users to edit new users' or "low quality" posts? [duplicate]

Does MSE discourage users to edit new users' or "low quality" posts? This seems to be a bit counter-intuitive but I'm unable to think otherwise. So, we know that when a user below 2000 rep ...
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Is there any general algorithm used in the CURED chatroom for nominating closing and deleting questions?

I notice that there is a list (shown at the end of the post) in the chatroom called "CURED" for nominating closing and deleting questions from the main site. This search shows that such ...
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Why was this relevant comment under the meta question deleted?

This meta question is asked recently: Why should this question asking the proof of a statement in a book be deleted? There was a highly relevant comment to the post: But it is now deleted. This ...
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Should I erase this question

I asked a question about series summations and my verification attempts here. Later, I solved the question with the summation limits, i.e., my verification code in python did not take all indices into ...
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Why should this question asking the proof of a statement in a book be deleted?

Added notes (upon request of clarification): No. This is not a direct request for undeletion as clearly indicated in the title of the question. Although it may have the side effect that people who ...
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Forum deleting questions and answers

It does feel to me that the moderators here go too far when it comes to deleting questions here. These are often questions that were quite interesting in their own right and received some good answers ...
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Why was this comment deleted?

I've had a comment to this recent question removed without, well, comment and I'm curious why. The deleted comment was: "(Incidentally, I disagree with the downvote and have upvoted to compensate....
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Hide reputation and badges

The greatest tension in this website is that StackExchange is designed to be "gamified", rewarding users who answer questions well with little positive reinforcements that they helped people....
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Voting to delete a Question after it has been reopened and reclosed

Scenario A post is closed. A user votes to delete that closed post. The post is reopened without ever having been deleted. The post is reclosed. In this situation, the user who originally voted to ...
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Is there any way to see my deleted questions or answers?

Previously I deleted some of my questions, I wonder if there is a way to see (only) my deleted questions?
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How to produce a list of my own deleted answers? [duplicate]

From a previous thread, it seems that the functionality to list deleted answers has been removed. Is this true? What if I only want to see a list of my own deleted answers?
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Deleted comments to post "Aproximating differential equation in maple"

Yesterday I asked a question in the post named Aproximating differential equation in maple. I received beneficial feedback and help but the help comments are not there anymore. Were they deleted or ...
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"You cannot delete this answer" popup when reviewing first posts

I was reviewing the "First answers" queue when I was presented with this post (*): it is clearly not an answer, so I flagged it as NaN and then I also clicked on the "Delete" ...
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Should I delete my questions?

I am not concerned about reputation. I would like to be a useful contributor, and gain knowledge from interacting with mathematicians. I have no formal training. I posted 2 questions, learned a lot, ...
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A question quickly closed and deleted

I've been trying to stay off meta recently, but I did want to talk about the following question: Why is this proof of the collatz conjecture wrong The question is now deleted, so here is a quote of ...
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Why is it allowed for users to delete questions that others created?

I opened a question and was marked as duplicate. But what I find surprising is that some users actually deleted my question! Why is this allowed? From my perspective the linked question does not ...
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Why would a question with an upvoted and accepted answer be deleted?

This is a question on MSE which I had answered a month or so ago. It was an interesting question and it took me some effort to write the answer. The answer got upvoted twice and accepted. Two weeks ...
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Should I delete my answer to a downvoted and closed question?

I've recently answered two questions (here and here) that were subsequently closed and downvoted to -5 (one for being opinion-based and the other for not meeting the MSE guidelines). Though the ...
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What privileges can get after reaching 25k reputation?

I am interested especially in whether one can get the right to delete the others' comments. Unfortunately, from what I read there are no more privileges after 25k reputation. Is this right?
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Avalanche of deletions

[I expect the point I raise here has been raised before. I searched but didn't find it. Maybe all I need is a pointer to an earlier thread.] I was looking for a question on which I had recently made a ...
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Deletion of flagged comments

Suppose I flag a comment, and the user subsequently deletes the comment before the flag is resolved. Do the moderators still see my flag? (I tried searching previously asked meta questions, but could ...
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My answer was deleted...

I am puzzled why my answer to "a consistent notation for algebraic numbers" was deleted. I've moved the answer to the comments, as suggested by the boilerplate. I was tempted to just repost ...
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Why is this question completely disappearing where I have answered and got a bounty of 200?

The hidden question was: New numeration system, mapping to binary numeration system Where I have answered with the copyright notice that must be always respected and not only for my topics, and my ...
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Should members of the forum be able to delete answers in a topic that is outside of their field? [closed]

I the following thread in the field "algebraic geometry" Why isn't every finite locally free morphism etale? an answer to a question was deleted by two people that are not doing ...
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Order in the list of users who recommended deletion of a post

I "recommended deletion" in a recent LQ review. As mine is the 6th one, the concerned post has been deleted. I observed that the users who "recommended deletion" in the blue box ...
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Should I edit the question, or delete it and repost the question?

I am speaking on reference to this question :- In $\Delta ABC,$ side $AC$ and the perpendicular bisector of $BC$ meet at $D$, where $BD$ bisects $\angle ABC$. The Problem is that others had discussed ...
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Can I eliminate an answer after its deletion?

I know that users with $10$k reputation can view other user's deleted answers. My question: Is there a way to completely delete an answer so that no one can view it?
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Why cannot I delete a duplicate (and low in quality) post with answers while the other posts with my answers were deleted in the past?

I recently asked this question on MSE. Afterward, some community members found out that it was a duplicate question. Now, I also see that it's kind of a low-quality question, so wanted to delete it. ...
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How can I delete some of my old questions?

I want to delete some of my old questions that are off-topic and received downvotes. Frankly, they were bad questions because I was not so mature 3 years ago. Can someone please tell me what I should ...
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Self-Answer, or Delete my Question?

Two days ago I asked a question about some notation that I did not understand in a textbook. Yesterday I sat down for a while and slowly worked through the proof while trying out some of my 'best ...
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Comment deleted and reputation loss

I made a comment in a post several minutes ago. Very soon, before I had the time to edit, it got deleted and I also noticed that I lost about 40~50 reputation, without any notification. Nothing is ...
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Deleting a community wiki answer to repost it as a normal post?

I have accidentally tapped on the community wiki button in one of my answers. I want it to be deleted and I will repost the answer. The link to that answer is this
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Deleting questions with upvotes, or with upvoted answers.

Sometimes, poorly formulated questions contain enough information to answer them and, more importantly, for the community to find them interesting enough. Then I found that there is a race between ...
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Why did my comment(s) get deleted?

I recently gave this answer to a question. Initially, I gave a sloppy answer—the kernel was there, but I didn't set it up properly. Someone pointed this out, and after some time, I was able to ...

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