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Technically you can get the Tumbleweed badge for a number of reasons, not all of which are contingent upon you asking bad questions: Asking them at the wrong time, so they get pushed off the front-page and nobody sees them Tons of other editing/review activity goes on whenever your question gets promoted to the front page, so it doesn't get to stay there ...


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I often ask niche or difficult questions, and I often get tumbleweed badges. Part of the formula is low views, so I see them mostly as a useful notification that very few people are looking at my question and that I might therefore need to do more to get it seen. Ways in which I've responded to Tumbleweed before: Migrating questions to a different site. ...


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I think if an answer helps solve a problem in a way that might be useful to future visitors, is worded clearly and is easy to understand, then it's a good answer. If a question sucks, it's not the answer's problem. But those who answer such questions must be aware that their answers might be deleted along with the question. Sometimes it's a shame to lose a ...


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JourneymanGeek has linked your two deleted questions in the comments. I believe that after 60 days your deleted posts are no longer shown to you, to keep your profile clean. Moderators can see them and (I believe) 10k users can as well. This has been discussed on meta.StackExhange so I will not go into the reasoning here. You probably are reasonably okay, ...


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There's no reason to delete, add in a self answer mentioning your findings


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I take issue with your premise that questions should not be asked. They can be asked, if they fulfill the requirements listed in https://superuser.com/help/on-topic and https://superuser.com/help/dont-ask. If the question or answer are outside the scope of SU or a duplicate or otherwise questionable, flag. Then the answer will be deleted or likely downvoted ...


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I'd say there's a reason why the Reversal Badge exists. Actually, I think there should be a corresponding bronze or silver badge with somewhat reduced requirements (maybe taking a -3 question and giving a +15 answer, or something like that; Reversal is +20 answer to -5 question, which is pretty close to question deletion territory), but that's a different ...


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I have seen what you are referring to and have often wondered how to handle the same thing. In a lot of cases the person answering doesn't know better. Then again, I've seen some with high reputations do the same thing. IMO, the fact someone answered the question is relevant. In that case, if it's a good answer, we should be looking at how to improve the ...


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