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The deletion policy says:

"Questions that are extremely off topic, or of very low quality, may be removed at the discretion of the community and moderators."

I cannot even vote to un-delete this question because it was deleted by a moderator. What reasoning was there for deleting this question, especially without consulting the community?

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    $\begingroup$ Funny. Your downvote (it is clear from the orange down-arrow in the screenshot you posted) prompted me to delete the question in the first place (I didn't want to fill up the site with stupid questions and gain negative rep for it). And now you're bent on trying to undelete the question as you had posted an answer there which might have been potentially useful to future visitors and earned you some internet points. Anyhow, I do not know why James Wotton deleted it. Hope you get a response from James himself. $\endgroup$ – Sanchayan Dutta Oct 7 '18 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ Yes @Blue, I guess it is funny how things work! I've actually tried to un-downvote it several times, but keep getting the message that I can't un-downvote a deleted question. Anyway, deleting it after I'd already spent so much time writing an answer was not nice. If James is now credited with deleting it, does that mean you un-deleted it at some point? $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 7 '18 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ No, I didn't undelete it before. In this instance, I am actually clueless about how James managed to delete an already deleted question (I wasn't even aware about it until you posted this question). I guess the only option for us is to wait for him. $\endgroup$ – Sanchayan Dutta Oct 7 '18 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ About the "not nice" part, I presume you decided to un-downvote my question only after you realized that you lost your answer (as I had deleted the thread) so that it would drive me to undelete it? I imagined that if you had any other intention or had downvoted it by mistake you'd have retracted your downvote a lot earlier. But as you had not retracted your downvote earlier, it prompted me to not undelete the thread. I guess we were both working on natural loss-gain instincts and it seems completely justified to me. $\endgroup$ – Sanchayan Dutta Oct 7 '18 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Blue: I'm not sure that's how the events took place. I'm quite sure I had downvoted it well before I answered it. I also think you deleted the question almost immediately after I answered it. However, I downvoted this question only after you downvoted my answer to your question with bounty and tried to humiliate me by saying that my contributions were "extremely trivial and obvious". $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 7 '18 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ I wasn't the one that downvoted or close voted your authorship order question by the way. I only saw the question after you'd already deleted it. I was going to upvote it to neutralize the downvote but couldn't do that since it was deleted. I was going to answer it too. $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 7 '18 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ "However, I downvoted this question only after you downvoted my answer to your question with bounty and tried to humiliate me by saying that my contributions were "extremely trivial and obvious." - yes, I was aware of that psychology. And your downvote immediately after that event strengthened my suspicion even further. It's a completely natural response. No hard feelings about that on my part. We should probably not litter this comment thread any further. Let's wait for a response from James. Have a good day! $\endgroup$ – Sanchayan Dutta Oct 7 '18 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ How do we move this to chat? $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 7 '18 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ You may flag the comments as "obselete". Or else flag them for the mods, with a message. $\endgroup$ – Sanchayan Dutta Oct 7 '18 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ Let us continue this discussion in chat. $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 7 '18 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ Related: I've thought better of my question; can I delete it? $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 8 '18 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ just to be clear, did you already post an answer to the question? If the problem is the OP deleting his own question thus making your answer disappear as well, you can simply re-ask the same question and self-answer it, thus making your effort not go to waste. The way I see it, as long as the OP can delete his/her own question for whatever reason, his/her has the right to do it, no questions asked. If this is instead specifically about the moderator's deleting the question, then, while a bit weird, I don't see how this is important given that the question was deleted by the OP anyway $\endgroup$ – glS Oct 8 '18 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ @glS: I did post an answer. I can re-ask the question but it won't carry the same weight. I'll look like a "rep-whore" or whatever they call it on Meta. I also can't get points for accepting my own answer. "as long as the OP can delete his/her own question for whatever reason, his/her has the right to do it, no questions asked." ... considering all the warnings all over the place about deleting questions that already have answers, I think users should be very careful not to delete things, especially when it's out of spite. The user says he deleted the question because there was -1, but $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 8 '18 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ a lot of people know that person was also negative voting a lot of my other stuff at the same time. " If this is instead specifically about the moderator's deleting the question, then, while a bit weird, I don't see how this is important given that the question was deleted by the OP anyway" sure, but I can't even vote to undelete the question, because it was deleted by a moderator! $\endgroup$ – user1271772 Oct 8 '18 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ who called someone self-answering a "rep-whore"??? It is absolutely accepted and encouraged to self-answer questions. I don't get what is the problem with not getting those 15 additional internet points for the accepted answer, especially as you can probably get more by other people upvoting the question (and just to repeat myself, why do you care about a few rep points anyway??). $\endgroup$ – glS Oct 8 '18 at 12:02
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Well... It turns out that moderators are people too (honest!) and will occasionally make the odd misclick...

Following a short conversation with the OP of the question (Blue), the question is now reopened and can be found here.

(apologies for this and the inconvenience)

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