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What happens to my answer if the original question is deleted? [answered]

asked 2014-09-24 08:10:00 +0300

juiceme gravatar image

I just noticed that a posting I answered yesterday is gone, totally deleted and I cannot find any trace of it. Is it possible that the original poster deletes a whole message chain?

If this is so, I think it is a bit unfair towards the people who have contributed their time and effort to answer the question or otherwice participate in a conversation.

If there has to be an option to delete a post, I would like to see it work so that only unanswered/uncommented message chains could be deleted by author.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "the question is answered, an answer was accepted" by molan
close date 2014-09-25 17:51:31.099171



I actually have no idea how "real" deletion of a question works... are you sure it is not just renamed? You can check your profile for all your answers given. Tags that you ignore is another possibility. For everything else, can you give an idea what it was about and tell @eric (who is pinged now anyway)

chemist ( 2014-09-24 10:24:06 +0300 )edit

Yes, the original poster can delete a question. But it is not really deleted, just marked as deleted and thus hidden from the listings and made inaccessible to others. And it can be restored if needed. How ever with a quick search I couldn't find any deleted questions with your answers. What was the question about?

I agree that it might make sense to prevent directly deleting questions, which have already answers. And user could instead request deletion from moderators.

Keto ( 2014-09-24 10:54:03 +0300 )edit

Okay, now I can see the article again. This is absolutely weird, I swear I could not find it in the morning, not even using the searchbox. (the article is

Basically my concern was the following:

Suppose there's an article/question that attracts a lot of attention, and people give answers that receive upvotes, gaining karma. Then, one day the original poster decides to yank the carpet from under everybody, deleting the message chain.

Now, I sure hope this would not lead to situation where the already earned karma of the participants is voided. If this is so, then the original poster who has not granted the karma in the first place would be able to affect other people's decisions...

juiceme ( 2014-09-24 11:34:44 +0300 )edit

Good, that solves my concern then! thanks!

juiceme ( 2014-09-24 13:10:35 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-09-24 13:01:33 +0300

molan gravatar image

@juiceme: I asked once a question and could solve it myself (reset of phone fixed it). Afterwards I decided to delete it since I thought it would be irrelevant to others. I couldn't delete it though since someone else already gave an answer which had been upvoted.

So if there is already an answer (and upvoted by at least 1 person) it is not possible to delete the question (only to close it).

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