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We would typically keep bug-related questions around, but close them. Formerly it was a straight-forward "too localized" closure (which made sense), but now it's more common to vote as being "off topic" with some manual motivation. That's the "policy" part. From a structural point of view, you can't delete that question, since it has a positive-score answer....


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For an unanswered question with few upvotes, I think that self-deletion is absolutely fine. That might be different it there were answers, even if not upvoted, or if the question had a lot of upvotes. So there will always be an element of judgement.


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It's been auto-deleted. The StackOverflow model is about having questions with answers. Questions which attract low interest, low up-voting and no up-voted answers are periodically removed from public view by the 'back end'. Looking at the question, I don't think there's anything wrong with it, and I'm surprised it didn't attract an answer. I'll undelete ...


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The fact that egreg posted a better answer that you did doesn't mean that your answer is wrong. It's actually good, which is why people upvote it :) The system likes having more answers to one question, as long as they are not seriously wrong, non-answers or ridiculous. However, only the non-answers should be flagged and removed. It's then the person who ...


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Don't forget that, as many people said before, every question has two basic purposes: short-term purpose in helping the person who asks; long-term purpose in helping whoever finds it through whatever search engine. So while your non-accepted answer doesn't serve the 1st purpose, it still likely serves the 2nd one. Therefore it is valuable. As pointed in ...


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From the Stack Exchange FAQ How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?: Reputation changes from bounties, votes (both up and down), and acceptances on deleted posts (including answers to a deleted question) are nullified. (Exception: Reputation earned for posts with a ...


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If the answer didn't receive the attention it has, then perhaps it may have been different, but the post won't be deleted, as it doesn't fit the criteria laid out for deletion. Reference(s): Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year? How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that ...


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Keep in mind that the processes are set up for the entire network, and in some (many?) cases the nature by one of the largest networks - Stack Overflow - governs the implementation. There you typically deal with a sharks den of coding experts. Voting still reigns supreme in terms of the Stack Exchange ranking mechanism. We tend to favour the one direction (...


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We've had a few comments on that particular answer. Issues about 'legal' stuff are best handled by flagging rather than voting (a downvote indicates the answer is wrong on a technical level, rather than having an attribution issue). After looking again, I've remove the answer entirely.


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When you delete the answer the rep points also go away (I think). But if you have a problem with that, delete your answer and post a new one without the votes if you are really loosing sleep. I have loads of stupid and deleted answers here. Instead I would recommend: mention why the old version is wrong/falls short and add your fixed one on the upper ...


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I would think the community's voting behaviour should speak for itself in judging which of the two answers are valid/useful. Additionally, if you feel that the second answer is "not useful", vote accordingly. Finally, consider the community. Does the post in its current form serve a broader audience? If at all, it's worth keeping.


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Removing content is something we've in general been very cautious about. In general, it's been used only for things which are either completely unreadable or which are identical duplicates (for example where a question is posted to StackOverflow and TeX-SX, and the SO one gets migrated to us). The comments here are split, so I suggest that we only delete ...


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I would like to make a case for deleting questions a little more liberally than we currently do. I’m pretty sure it was flags by me that initially triggered this question, when I didn’t have the 10k privilege of voting to delete yet. Most, if not all of my flags back then were approved by a diamond mod and the questions deleted. Since I reached 10k in ...


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Unless something is offensive or an exact duplicate (or I wrote it) I would never vote for deletion. Taking a random example the list in another answer Which IDE/Editor and "compiler" do you use for TeX/LaTeX? - How do macros work? The question is badly structured (mainly because it is lots of questions) and it got closed as NARQ (that already ...


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There are some questions closed as "too localized" that should be deleted: This doesn't work, Something \emph{is wrong with the font or \mu makes all text after it in italics where it's obvious that the errors are a missing closing brace or proper confinement of a math symbol. Conversely there are some "too localized" questions that might help somebody ...


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The only way to perform a speedy removal of content would be via programming. Support for this is provided through the Stack Exchange API. Here you can delete a question, an answer and/or a comment, all of which require authentication (since you're only allowed to delete content if you're a/the permitted user). You are still rate-limited, but it will be much ...


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Although i agree with upholding the site quality, I disagree with deleting any question as Tex.SX knowledge and experience should reach any dummy guys like me. Today most of people are lazy googlers including myself even though we know the website we try to google and go. But I am not lazy to post a good/well framed question at TeX.SX as i wish to be ...


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