A few days ago, a moderator deleted this question:
The question was posted almost exactly one year ago. This question has a score of +8. Three good answers were posted, one of which (mine) was voted up to a score of +38. The question was then closed by five members as "unclear," despite the fact that no one had asked the OP for any clarification in the comments or explained what they thought was unclear.
Now, a year later, a moderator has decided to manually delete this positive score question with all of its positive score answers. Why was this done?
Please note: This is a quote from our "moderator tools" help page:
When should I delete questions?
Closed questions that are of no lasting value whatsoever should be flagged and deleted.
Before voting to delete, please check whether there are any good answers; if so, then the question should be flagged for moderator attention as a potential merge candidate. We don't like to lose great answers!
Also, be cautious when deleting questions closed as duplicates; they can serve as a signpost, directing users to useful answers on another question.
It takes 3 votes, minimum, to delete a closed question. However, the number of delete votes required scales to the number of votes on the question and all its answers.
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I tried to vote to reopen, but because the deletion was a moderator action, the system does not allow any non-moderators to vote to reopen.
My personal opinion: The question was clear, and three users, including myself, understood it well enough to write a well-received answer. This question should have been reopened, not deleted.