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I agree with you. 100%. This link should not go to a 404 error. Replacing the link with a 404 is stupid. It is godawful stupid. It's, "I'm going to fire the person who did this," stupid. Intuitive behavior would be to respond with 301 redirect. But it doesn't do that. It responds with a 404. All 400 level errors imply that the user made an error. But in ...


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For old questions (like the one linked to), there is a lock for "historical significance": This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed....


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In the entire history of Stack Exchange, I've only ever seen two posts that have been permanently purged. One was the "boat programming" one. The other was a very contentious "how do compilers work" question. Both questions were asked on Stack Overflow; neither should have been purged IMHO. AFAIK it is SE's policy to keep deleted records forever (my ...


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If you read the Help Center's page about what you can ask about here prior to posting, you would see that some questions aren't a good fit for this environment, specifically questions about "finding or recommending products or services, including tools, libraries or packages, programming languages, books, scholarly papers, tutorials, articles, or blogs" or "...


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As Thomas already mentioned, there is no policy in keeping around closed questions indefinitely. If a question was closed, it's on a path to deletion, regardless of the specific close reason. We allow for a fair amount of time for the community to step up and salvage the question, for this specific question a little less than three months. The question was ...


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There was a bug in the scheduled job that cleans up migration stubs: it also automatically deleted questions that had been migrated and then rejected. Obviously, that was not the intent and has been fixed. Of course, the other problem here is that a very popular question was rejected years after being migrated and after many edits and improvements had been ...


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I believe you are referring to this question. Programmers is not a forum for the discussion of new ideas. This is a question and answer site, designed for people who are facing a current problem or dilemma to get the answer to their problem from experts in the field of software development. What you posted was not a question at all - there was nothing to ...


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Except in very rare circumstances nothing is truly deleted from database. If an answer you post is deleted (but the question remains) you'll always be able to see it when you revisit the question. When you get 10,000 reputation you'll be able to see deleted answers on the questions you visit. You will never be able to see deleted questions even if you ...


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Closed questions should be kept on the site when: They are a duplicate of another on topic question. As there are many ways of asking the same question it's good that we have the different examples on the site. .... Well that's it really. All other closed questions are candidates for deletion. This could be either automatically if they are down-voted and/...


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After looking at gnat's edit, and after I took care of a confusing answer, I reopened the question to give it another chance. Thanks again for that edit gnat. I was cleaning a complicated spider web of duplicate targets when I came upon this one. I got a little confused at this point and may have deleted too hastily when it had some potential to be ...


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Most certification questions are either individual career advice or the answer is "go ask them" (and changes yearly). This is closer to being a question about the legal status of software engineering - except unlike most legal questions it's reasonably answerable by a site of software experts. Sort of like the rare good licensing question. Of course it'...


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Thank you for pointing out that the question was deleted without a visible reason. Usually, questions are first closed with a reason before they are deleted. In the meanwhile, this has been rectified. Robert Harvey is a moderator. That doesn't mean he gets to make the rules, it means the community trusts him to interpret the rules sensibly and take action ...


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I've fixed this. The question was originally migrated here from Stack Overflow in November 2011. It was closed today (3 September 2014) by 5 members of the community as being "primarily opinion based", which I agree with. However, when I was cleaning up other rejected migrations that were not adding value, I got over-zealous and accidentally deleted this ...


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Although questions about coding style are on-topic here, this question falls squarely into the category of questions that aren't a good fit for the question and answer format. Among other things, questions that are polling people's opinions or seeking a discussion don't tend to fit well in this format. Instead, questions should be focused on understanding ...


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Post deletion is "soft;" deleted questions and answers can be restored. Users with more than 10K reputation can vote to undelete questions and users with more than 20K reputation can also vote to undelete answers. Except when those posts were deleted by a moderator, in which case they can only be undeleted by a moderator. If you've deleted one of your ...


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Insofar the blog post has been viewed over 120,000 times and has been referenced in at least 20 different places that I know off, including Reddit and other blogs, there are even a couple of Chinese translations out there. No one complained about the dead link, and no one linked to the deleted question. Only people with > 10k rep on programmers can see ...


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That's not a behaviour we'd want to encourage, and that's exactly why askers can't delete their own questions if there's at least one upvoted answer. Since the question was deleted almost immediately after you posted your answer (thus you never had a chance to get an upvote) and there were two undelete votes already, I went ahead and undeleted it.


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Your answer: As a salaried employee, I refuse to work more than 40 hours per week unless there is a very exceptional circumstance to account for it. Whether employers like it or not, my annual salary translates to a dollar-per-hour figure for me, and I am not interested in diluting my income to help out with their poor planning. Also, my life -- ...


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Yes, yes, yes. These questions should be deleted - they are broken windows on the site. If they cannot be edited to meet the standards in the FAQ, they don't belong! As you say, they clutter up the site and hide the good information from everyone. As for users that have a problem with closing questions: closing is a fundamental operation on Stack Exchange. ...


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First off: they are not fully lost. Users with more than 10k rep will be able to see the question if they have the link to it. Second deleting it avoids the "broken window" effect. Or in other words because low quality crud remains on the site, it causes users to think that posting low quality crud is acceptable.


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You are asking the SE community why a specific vendor (in this case Google) made a decision to favor tool X over tool Y. Honestly, the community here is the wrong audience for such a question. If the Android NDK team at Goole wrote something like GCC in the NDK is now deprecated in favor of Clang. and you want to know their reasoning behind that, you ...


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You point to a valid problem, but the solution cannot be to interfere with normal moderation or cleanup activities like deleting a question. The actual problem here is that the Meta question relied on an external link. External links may provide additional context for a question, but the question should be able to stand on its own. Admittedly this is ...


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From our FAQ: Why are some questions or answers removed? Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators. Over time, closed questions that are not useful as signpoints to other questions may also be removed, as well as questions which have no significant activity ...


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Please take this up with the Stack Overflow moderators. There's nothing we can do at this end. UPDATE After further reflection I don't think that that specific question should be migrated. It's old and the question isn't sufficiently unique to software developers for it to be 100% on topic here. Search Programmers for any similar questions and if there ...


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The mods posting here have well-linked answers, but unfortunately, they don't actually answer the question... even the mod to "blame" (for lack of a better word) can't really provide an answer. The truth is that it was deleted because it was closed. In time, that happens to most or all question that get closed. It was closed because there was, and still is,...


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A bad shard was in play here with 12,230 bad documents...well not necessarily bad, but some aged and didn't update afterwards due to an ID mismatch on the mapping. The offending shard and replica has been nuked from existence and the content re-indexed. Searches should no longer contain deleted content.


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That's a lot of questions, and they are all valid, but they avoid a basic principle of voting, which is this: Community members can use their votes however they wish, so long as they are not being abusive. I believe it would be a bad thing for such questions to get deleted But the community may not. It has been fairly long and established policy that ...


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Is there really anything we can do? You said it yourself: the mentality of these users is "don't care how they react; go looking for the one guy that will actually do your homework for you (some people will)". Somebody like that isn't going to obey any new rules. They aren't going to care about this discussion we're having right now. They aren't going to ...


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No roomba script here. The OP requested deletion of their user account; part of the deletion script deletes negatively scored posts of the OP. Sorry you got caught in that.


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Don't delete the questions. They appear to be on-topic questions that have answers. No need to take them away from others who could be helped by the information. It seems like you're doing the right thing.


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