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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

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 ...
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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

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 ...
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Why was this question deleted instead of closed?

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 ...
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Dealing with low-quality questions that end up on Hot Network Questions

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 ...
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Why was this question deleted instead of closed?

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 ...
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Reopening good question closed by OP

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 ...
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Why do I not have the option to vote to delete?

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 ...
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Reopening good question closed by OP

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 ...
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Flag was declined but the question was deleted all the same

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 ...
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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

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 ...
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Reopening good question closed by OP

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 ...
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Dealing with low-quality questions that end up on Hot Network Questions

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 ...
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Electrostatic Discharge got deleted and reputation from the answers disappeared

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 ...
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Why and When are closed questions deleted?

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 ...
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Who accepts the question in case the the creator deleted the account?

It seems that the creator has deleted their account. @djdomi No, the user does have a Stack Exchange account that they've used to log in to both Server Fault and Stack Overflow. However, they've ...
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Why was my bounty amount sent to me?

It does indeed appear that your bounty was refunded as part of the question being deleted. The answer is at When a question that had bounties is deleted, are they automatically refunded? which shows ...
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Someone else's legit question deleted

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 .....
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Did my question about keyboard mapping get deleted?

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? ...
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Why was my question on vlc deleted?

It was deleted because it met the criteria for the Community roomba to delete it under the "AbandonedClosed" reason: question was closed more than 9 days ago, and ... not closed as a ...
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Undelete and historically lock question 913055: Troubleshooting a physically damaged (kicked) desktop computer

Historical locking is meant for questions that, in hindsight, should never have been asked. Questions that, due to topic or format, have problems that are impossible to correct. The lock renders them ...
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Electrostatic Discharge got deleted and reputation from the answers disappeared

This specific question has been undeleted and the particulars addressed in answers by the two moderators involved. But the issue seems to come up periodically, so let me post my two cents about the ...
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Flag was declined but the question was deleted all the same

Disingenious from what side of things? The Super User version of the question you flagged is still here. If the question is why Server Fault deleted it, it would need to be asked of them. If the ...
random's user avatar
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Why was my network synchronization question closed as offtopic?

Throughout the question, you provide examples of programs you've tried and some specific concerns you have about your situation. That's great! Unfortunately, recommendations for off-site resources (...
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I asked a question that is a month old, is it okay to delete?

Deleted posts count against a post ban. This is not a good idea. Better to respond, and maybe update with what versions you have this issue with.
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How can I improve this question on how to see the commit size for each loaded DLL in Microsoft Windows 7?

That's a bit of a weird one. I see @JourneymanGeek undeleted it, but then it was Roomba'd again. I'd be happy to upvote it, personally, if it got reopened (and you let me know before it gets ...
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Question about spam site incorrectly deleted as spam

At an absolute minimum Websites and Web applications are explicitly off topic here except insofar as the problem is with your computer or browser. As such it should have been closed and deleted. ...
Mokubai's user avatar
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Why was I accused of spreading ransomware (and had my question deleted) for asking about stopping a McAfee service?

Many of the volunteers in this community are sysadmins or computer professionals. I am one myself. There are details to my environment, and those of every enterprise, which make it less than useful ...
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Several questions on this site meet the criteria for automatic deletion, but aren't being deleted due to a bug. What should be done about them?

Personally? Nothing. Sure they exhibit inconsistent behavior but they're old posts that won't surface unless you're literally looking for posts that meet the roomba criteria and have not. If they'...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Dealing with low-quality questions that end up on Hot Network Questions

We should absolutely be closing unsalvageable HNQs faster. Hot Network Questions are the only thing many people see of our site, and I think we should make sure they show off our best. That's why I ...
Ben N's user avatar
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Electrostatic Discharge got deleted and reputation from the answers disappeared

The question was closed. And closed either leads to being deleted or fixed in a way that makes the question in scope for the site topic and subsequently reopened. Closed is not a synonym for no more ...
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