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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 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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More granularity in locking questions

Is it possible to have more granularity in of time-span for locking questions? Currently the available choices are 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week, and permanent. There are times where longer, but not permanent ...
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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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Anything to be done about (bad?) question deletion

I just had this experience and was wondering if there is anything to be done about it: I see a question on the front page. Have (what I think is) a nice approach to it so spend 5-10 minutes writing ...
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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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Is closure a prelude to deletion?

When I was particularly active on meta, the topic of debate was about whether we should close low quality questions. If and when to delete questions didn't really come up. I've recently gotten the ...
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A very small favor to ask re downvoted answers

In this question, I initially messed up and put in an incorrect result. Blindingly fast, the answer was downvoted. I raced to correct the result, but by then there was already a correct result. So I ...
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User keeps deleting most of the original text of the question after getting an answer

I would like to ask whether it is within the rules that a user keeps deleting most of the original text of a question after getting an answer. I have in mind for example these questions (of the same ...
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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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Should I delete question that is an open problem and has been discussed in papers?

Related question:Finding $\max |A|$ with $a_{ij}=\pm 1$ I have asked this question before I searched OEIS. After I have asked this question, I found this problem called "Hadamard maximal determinant ...
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Should I delete my answer containing a result and a hint, if a complete answer is posted later?

I'm asking about this question. I posted my answer a while ago, containing only the final result and a hint about where to search for a proof. I intended that I would post the full proof later, but ...
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What are details of deleting comments by flags from regular users?

It was mentioned several times here on meta that moderators can delete comments. However, comments can be deleted also by regular users. For example, one of the answers to Who has the power to delete ...
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Could questions we have already voted to delete be greyed out as well?

I have already voted to delete this question and it is 'highlighted' on the list of questions with delete votes as shown. For the sake of our convenience, could questions we have already voted to ...
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How to repair the close-delete pipeline?

In a recent discussion the issue of scale of deletions was brought up. I remarked there that over the $12$-month period ending in February this year, $10$K users deleted $218$ questions altogether, ...
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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 do I get a warning when I delete my own post with only my comment in it?

I asked a question 10 minutes ago, I added a comment for more info about the question with a comment. 2 minutes later I was able to solve the problem and wanted to delete my post. I got a warning ...
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Possibility of deleting very poorly thought-through question

A while ago, I asked a very poorly thought-out question. I was very far from erudite in what I was trying to express, and consequently, I would very much like to delete the question from the site, ...
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To edit or delete an answer you wish to re-answer after a downvote?

I am asking this as I recently answered a question badly, and on going back to redo it from scratch it had got a deserved downvote. I have two questions: 1) I first deleted my post as my new answer ...
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How to appeal the deletion of a comment thread?

A thread of comments was deleted in bulk, including extensive clarifications to notation used in the answer. How can this decision be appealed/reversed?
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Bugs on deletion attribution, notification and tracking

This answer was deleted 2 days ago because 3 users voted to delete the question, but the page wrongly claims that the answer was deleted 2 days ago by the owner. Browsing similar recent examples shows ...
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Do we need an additional close reason for posts that turned out not to add value?

As many of you are aware, there are people active on Maths.SE that close and delete posts. The CRUDE chat is probably the best known concentration point of them. As part of the activities, also old(...
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On deleting vs. closing duplicate questions.

Recently a question was deleted by the OP after it was pointed out in comments that it was a duplicate. I was in the process of composing an answer, but I was not able to post it when I finished since ...
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What advice do you give to someone who's written an incomplete question below any understanding?

It happened recently and again today (post now deleted) that someone submitted a question with so little content that it was close to impossible to guess anything from it. We all know that by the ...
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Where did my reputation go?

I just noticed, that I lost $15$ reputation points. It is common that you lose some reputations points from time to time due to the deletion of members. Normally the loss is shown on your profile. But ...
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Moderator powers prior to moderator status

I cast an undelete vote for this question but was auto-informed that the question could not be undeleted, since it was deleted by a moderator. Looking at the folks who deleted it, I did notice quid on ...
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Deleted comment tab and notification

After a few months on this website, I have had a few of my comments deleted. As it happens, I agree with the deletions in all of those cases. However, there was no notification that they were deleted, ...
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Should a not well received answer be deleted?

A answer that is not that well received or the one that got tonnes of downvotes, should it be deleted by the answerer ? As such answers don't add any value to the question for the future visitors! ...
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sometimes, deleting a question shouldn't be immediate?

It is the second time it happens to me today, I take 5 minutes to understand a question, then 10 minutes for writing (and editing multiple times) a detailed answer or comment, I'm proud of me, and ...
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deletions and so

Recently it is driving me a bit mad: There was a question, something about Datalog and logic, I post a comment, think about it for an evening, the next day I have thought about it but I cannot find ...
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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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I would like to delete this question of mine, community deletion.

I would like to delete this embarassing older question of mine: $\lim_{x\to -\infty} f(x)=L$, definition But I can not delete it, since it has an answer and I do not have 10.000 reputation (I guess)....
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Anyone else having a problem deleting comments?

I am running Safari on a Mac. The last few days I have made some comments on questions or answers which I would normally simply have deleted, because they were dealt with. But every time I now go to ...
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Should questions with a score -10 or worse be deleted?

Currently, $3$ questions on math stack exchange have a score -10 or worse, bot are not yet deleted. Should questions with a score of -10 or worse be deleted ? Or even automatically deleted ? A ...
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When to recommend deletion of low quality posts

Having recently gotten to 2,000 reputation, I have been able to review questions tagged as low quality with the possibility of recommending deletion. While certainly some questions/answers are good ...
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Premature Deletion

A while ago a question was deleted for which I had spent quite a while doing the research to answer it correctly. The reason for its deletion appears to be that most people didn't think enough ...
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Removed comment?

I just answered a comment of Sean Roberson on this question, and everything has disappeared. All in all: Comment of SR, that a product formulat may help, giving a link to this site. I reply that it's ...
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Can't find post about propositional logic, probably deleted.

There was a post on m.se a few days ago, I want to say Thursday or Friday night (SEpt 17th or 18th 2015) where a user was asking for help showing some propositional logic result without using truth ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I answered my own question and the answer was deleted by a moderator. The answer is an adequate solution to the question asked, but I am looking for other solutions. I feel that my answer could have ...
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How do I delete my question?

I tried to contribute to the math forum by providing a question and an answer that I thought was insightful, I am getting a lot of down votes without any explanations. I want to take my question down. ...
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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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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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Missing answer, no response

Today, I'd asked a question regarding the intersections of confocal Parabolas under certain conditions. There was an answer, which apparently partially answered the problem, seems to be missing. Also, ...
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