Inexpensive beach locations to learn surfing as a newbie? [closed more than a year ago] is both on TSE and The Great Outdoors, with the latter seemingly having rejected migration there.

How might one, with enough reputation, vote to delete this?

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    Why do you want it deleted? Why this one specifically, as opposed to the hundreds of others that have been closed.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 30, 2016 at 0:22
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    I don't think it's in the way - it has an answer with an upvote. Questions closed without answers tend to get auto-deleted.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 30, 2016 at 0:40

3 Answers 3


Meta Stack Exchange notes:

How can a post be deleted?

By a user:

  1. You can typically delete your own posts at will; for exceptions, see When can’t I delete my own post? below. To delete a post, just use the delete link below it.

  2. Moderators can delete any post instantly.

  3. Users with reputation ≥ 2k (more precisely, the edit privilege; 1k on beta sites) can cause automatic deletion of a post if they choose recommend deletion from within the low-quality review queue.

  4. Users with reputation ≥ 10k (more precisely, the moderator-tools privilege; 2k on beta sites) can vote to delete questions that have been closed/on-hold for 48 hours. It takes three votes to delete; more if the question is popular, but ten votes at most.

  5. Users with reputation ≥ 20k (more precisely, the trusted-user privilege; 4k on beta sites) are not subject to the 48-hour waiting period for deleting closed questions with a score of −3 or lower. They may also delete answers of score −1 or lower. It takes three votes to delete an answer.

(All emphasis and links present in the original.)

Number 1 does not apply. Number 3 only applies to answers. Numbers 2, 4 and 5 are valid, however. Thus:

  • it either takes a moderator agreeing with you that the question should be deleted; or
  • a certain number of users with more than 10 krep need to agree with you.

For the latter, there should be a little delete link in line with share, edit, reopen, etc.

Another answer explains the number of deletion votes required for ‘popular’ questions:

The new rules (also apply to undelete votes):

  • 10k rep users get 5 deletion votes per day on questions they don't own - deletion rules on questions one does own are still in effect.
  • Popular questions require more deletion votes to be deleted, at a ratio of 20:1 - a question's popularity is defined as: question score + top-scored answer score. For example, a question with (question score 15 + top answer score 5 = 20) will require 4 deletion votes (3 base votes + 1 popularity vote).
  • The maximum number of delete votes needed will not exceed 10.

Note that the above rules apply only to questions; answers take 3 votes, regardless of score.

The question in question (pun intended) has a score of +6 and one answer with a score of +1. Since 6 + 1 < 20, three deletion votes from the community with more than 10 krep should remove it.

  • @pnuts Checking a random old (January 2014) closed question with a positive score (not a dupe), I saw the delete link there, so I wouldn’t know why it should not be around for that question here.
    – Jan
    Nov 26, 2016 at 0:58
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    @pnuts If it truly is special, only a custom mod flag will do the job (or asking the mods in chat).
    – Jan
    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:14
  • @pnuts Very weird ô.o
    – Jan
    Nov 28, 2016 at 22:44
  • @pnuts where did you ask me? And remember, there's a process for this - flagging. Sometimes we miss comments in chat/elsewhere.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 30, 2016 at 0:23
  • Sorry, missed it - I'd seen the line with your direct @ tag but not the ones below. BTW every time a new meta post is written, we get a notification as mods, I see you were wondering. But sometimes we don't have the time to act on them immediately. I'd love to get to some tag re-taggings when I get a chance, but at present I'm just keeping on top of the main site stuff.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 30, 2016 at 0:42
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    pnuts note that there are 4 mods, but for some reason I tend to get pinged ;) Maybe being the most active mod on the site is a curse ;) But I believe new mods are added on a traffic/activity level by SE, but not sure.
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 30, 2016 at 1:23

Somewhat to my surprise, the post in question was automatically deleted with a note as below:

deleted by Community♦ Dec 10 at 1:01 (RemoveRejectedMigrations)

This question was automatically deleted. Please see the help center for more information.

I take it the year was 2016, though the post was dated 2015.

  • Looks like the reason was a clean up of rejected migrations, not a standard closure. Still interesting though.
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 21, 2016 at 13:07

It is my understanding that posts with an answer are not automatically deleted.

This post has upvotes and an answer, so while closed, it remains for posterity.


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