You might see this in tags surrounding things people try to accomplish at work, so it's no coincidence that you'd observe this with Excel. If you've put a substantial amount of effort into something that was deleted before it could be up-voted in the course of the question author deleting their question, you can flag for a moderator to have a look.
There is evidence that this was posted as a seed for someone to spam their product at us. The format of the question is suspicious and follows a pattern that moderators are familiar with: a leading question that is blatantly off topic and far too vague.
There isn't much that distinguishes it from normal low quality software rec questions. It just feels like ...
My position—and I'm adamant about this—is that useful, high-quality answers should never be deleted even if the question is closed.
The question got to the point where a truly great answer was posted to it. Our primary goal here at Stack Exchange is to build a knowledge base for readers as well as to provide a reliable venue for high-quality Q&A. The ...
You've posted a question across 3 sites in the Stack Exchange network.
You're reasoning for that was, that you didn't get good "view rates". If you feel like not enough people have viewed your question within the first hour, then that is no reason to post the same question on another site, for several reasons:
1 hour is an insignificant amount given the ...
It looks a lot like a spam seed to me. By deleting it quickly, it is taken out of circulation so the prospective spammer hopefully realises it's a waste of time.
It's fine to assume people have good intentions and comment. Don't worry about the occasional spammer we put out of our misery.
I'm having a hard time understanding the reasoning behind closing questions. Not that I think questions shouldn't be closed, but I do not understand the reasoning and/or thought processes behind closing questions, ...
The Super User FAQ goes into wide detail on the reasoning behind closing questions; most of the questions you have linked are subjective in a ...
Questions, like answers, are not permanently deleted, but what's important to note is your access level at seeing deleted posts.
You can see your own answers on questions asked by others because you have access to that.
Users with 10,000 reputation can also see the posts of other users, questions or answers.
When you come across a question that's been ...
But consider why it was deleted. There's close to zero effort on actually writing the question. If those two links go down, we'll never ever know what didn't work. Links should supplement a question, not be the question.
How would I get this undeleted?
Edit the question (least I think you can. Else let us know and we'll work out something).
I would be happy to cast a reopen vote (and have done so) as it a reasonable question (and a good answer).
As it it is good answer I will also upvote the answer if it is undeleted. That will prevent the question being deleted again.
The OP can always ask to be disassociated from the question if necessary.
close it sure to prevent more and more unnecessary answers being added
This is a good sign the question is open ended and simply asking for polling. We explicitly discourage these questions, for various reasons. I won't go into the details of why, as you seem to understand the reasoning behind this.
delete a perfectly good post becuase it doesn't match ...
There are a number of problems with your recent questions which have caused them to be deemed either too broad, shopping recommendations or simply off-topic here.
The last two questions you have asked were:
Want to print to tablet connected printer via browser
This was put on hold by me as it showed no real research effort, Android (outside of android-x86)...
Undeletion will help me to ask it anew.
Asking again will just get it re-closed. The question is no more on-topic now than it was when asked.
The post was removed because it isn't the type of question we want to encourage on the site. Therefore, undeleting it would be counterproductive.
Just a few thoughts.
I don't think it's necessary to delete the now newly posted answer again. We probably have plenty of other more serious issues to worry about. The flag was valid, maybe the user who flagged it did not know that you answered your own question.
And you are right. When you ask a yes/no question, you expect a yes/no answer. "Does it work?" ...
You don't. Or more specifically the question has not met the criteria for you to try to put it out of its misery.
Voting to delete questions with a score of -3 or lower immediately after they are closed
The question needs one more downvote and to be closed.
This answer is not intended to address the specific post listed in the question, but rather the topic in general. I don't know the reason for the OP deleting this particular question. Maybe this specific example is a benign case and there are no real issues with undeleting it.
These Meta discussions tend to become precedent, so while this might be a ...
I mean, you voted to close it. This goes hand in hand with acknowledging that the question is not a good fit – and at some point it might just be deleted. That's why it's never a good idea to answer a question that you want closed.
The moderator notice added by nhinkle encouraged the right kind of answers, but after all it's still the wrong kind of question....
Because it was too short and hit the bad quality content filter. Your definition of useful differs slightly from Super Users' perspective of useful.
Answers, even self answers, are expected to be of a technical nature and high quality. Rather update the question with your "answered" information and leave it open until someone actually does come along with a ...
I find myself with a distinct lack of 10K-itude, so I'll have to go on what bwDraco says of the answers. Let's look at the guidelines for historical locking.
A historical lock preserves older content that was very popular when it was originally posted, but is now off-topic or otherwise out of scope for the site it is posted on.
It appears from this ...
SF deleted it when I checked. No action was needed on SU.
As such, no moderator intervention was needed
While I do sometimes mark flags of that sort as valid, I usually take into account a few things
If there was an overlap in scope, we need to decide which site is a better fit. In this case, its clearly superuser over serverfault.
Secondly, if I ...
The question you asked is here. It was automatically deleted because it fell under the criteria explained in this Meta Stack Overflow post.
Basically, it didn't get enough votes or views.
I undeleted it for you—doesn't seem like a bad question at all.
Due to it having been a QOTW, I've undeleted it and locked the post for historical significance. It's not really a particularly on-topic question, but I think in this edge case it should be kept, for that reason.
For the record, here is the list of those mentioned sorted by the order of votes. Also included, the number of questions tagged about the AV program.
It reads like this:
antivirus program - questions asked with this tag/upvotes on question
ms-security-essentials - 84/140
avast - 25/57
avira - 2/46
avg-antivirus - 39/44
clamav - 1/23
None - 23
The primary reason for me deleting this was that I considered it unanswerable in its current form - I figured it would be deleted anyway.
For the record, this is the question as it was
What I see?
"I'm trying to install osx yosemite from a .app package that I downloaded from a torrent."
Uh huh, outright piracy, and of course, not enough information for ...
The warning fires even if you're not close to being blocked, and you're definitely not anywhere near that edge. The reason we do this is we want to encourage people to edit wherever possible, instead of delete.
Your questions are generally well-received, which means the automated block is something you're extremely unlikely to ever encounter. But, folks ...
I suppose this is a little pointless, since the OP has decided he hates us :(, but I think its rather evident that the question wouldn't have been a good fit for SU with someone familiar with it.
There's really two parts to why the question wasn't a good fit for the site
"I am looking for a place to find Windows 7 Themes" - Its no different from a book ...
You were the first to Vote to close the question. You'd left an explicit comment:
"Voted to close. This is no longer really an issue in current versions of Firefox".
The most recent comment was:
You also didn't mention which version of Firefox, so this question is useless now.
Considering you had voted to close & it was a year old and nowit's no ...
I've undeleted the question tho I would leave it to the community to decide if it should be on hold.
That said, it's an unexceptional question, bordering on terrible, with exceptional answers. It kind of won the HNQ lottery and would probably have been forgotten if it had been closed.
Reopening the question was on the merits of the answer, not the question,...
People are looking at these issues from very different perspectives. But these actually aren't mutually exclusive; there's another dimension to the problem that hasn't been raised.
Role of question vs. answer
Start with the question, that's what gets the ball rolling. It provides the framework for the answers to be created. Once the answers are there, ...
Just to clarify to <10K users, this question was deleted - not closed, closure is a different thing - by its owner.
The owner of a question can unilaterally delete it unless it has multiple answers or an upvoted/accepted answer. As a 10K+ user, you could vote to undelete it, but even if you got two other users to cast the same vote, the question owner ...