Why was my question deleted as "off topic: not related to hardware/software" even though McAfee is definitely a software ?
Your question was automatically deleted due to the fact it was closed. It was closed by multiple community users, only one of those, is actually a moderator.
I got accused as being responsible for ransomware spreading by ...
Moab isn't a moderator. I do know all the moderators and can assure you none of them work for McAfee, as far as I know
I feel like you're looking at the wrong comment - anti virus software tends to be resistant to disabling, for somewhat obvious reasons and needs a human with an admin account to do it.
You also misunderstand the comment - it says that ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 think the other answers are great but I'd like to put the situation into a different perspective.
The main reason folks do not want to discuss ways to stopping a corporate antivirus product are because of the implications:
If a way to stop the corporate security product exists from the endpoint, it bypasses deliberate engineering by the security system to ...
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, the ...
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,...
Under certain circumstances, closed questions are automatically deleted by the Community user. Otherwise, they can be deleted with varying numbers of votes from 10K+ users (depending on the score of the question and its answers). Finally, moderators can instantly delete any post.
As for why they're removed, people in favor of deleting closed questions ...
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 ...
Deleting questions voluntarily never helps you, it can only hurt you. If a question is really bad, a moderator or a bunch of high-rep users with the "Vote to delete" permission will get it deleted.
Basically, your question remaining on the site is an indicator that it has some value, even if that value is only to tell people what isn't on topic. And as far ...
Your question was closed by 5 users as "opinion based" and after 9 days it was deleted by the community "roomba" as part of its cleanup routine
The Community user deleted my question! What gives?
If the question was closed more than 9 days ago, and ...
not closed as a duplicate
has a score of 0 or less
is not locked
has no answers with a ...
The question was deleted by the roomba a month ago.
That doesn't mean it was "bad", it was simply ignored and had neither votes nor answers.
If the question is more than 365 days old, and ...
has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 and a deleted owner
has no answers
is not locked
has view count <= the age of the question in days times 1.5
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