Skip to Content
author's profile photo Christopher Solomon

New trend? Don't like the answers....just delete your question!

Is this new or am I just new seeing it? Today, I noticed several questions posted......most all were silly, basic "I did not bother searching" type questions where the people replying called them out on it (and some helped give links). I know I saw @jrgen.lins , @jelena.perfiljeva and @matthew.billingham involved in some of them either upvoting other's responses or having their own responses upvoted. But then....*poof*....the whole questions were more. Soooo is this a case were the original poster does not like the responses and just deletes the whole thing? (aka. "take my ball and going home") or is this the mods doing it? What then happens to the "karma" those folks that got "upvoted" accumulated? Is it gone too? (no that "karma" matters much but I ask because that seems more like a way for the original poster to get back at people that criticized bueno). Lastly, if the original poster deletes it, why not (1) show that in notifications if you were part of the discussion (2) lock/close instead of delete (3) "dock" some karma points for doing so...and if the OP does not have any karma built up, do not allow it (ie. if you delete, you take a karma karma, no delete). Anyways....just seemed weird to me so asking.

* Please Login or Register to Comment on or Follow discussions.


  • Jan 03, 2017 at 09:20 PM

    you mean for example this one?:

    I don't really bother about such content, but I have realized it too, unfortunately for content with valuable answers, one where I spent about an hour for a diligent reply.

    I think it is a bad design (again) that people can delete questions after there has been a public reply. Does anyone know a platform where this is possible, I have not yet seen it anywhere.

    deleted.jpg (34.3 kB)
    • Jan 03, 2017 at 09:25 PM

      Yep! That was exactly one from you that I saw.....and there were others. Glad I am not alone on this thinking.

      I mean think if a company wants to search on a person's online activity before hiring....they could totally miss the 5-6 times the person posted questions begging for career advice and interview questions as well as sample resumes....because they could delete all traces. =)

      • Jan 03, 2017 at 09:27 PM

        The Karma was not affected with the deletion.

        • Jan 03, 2017 at 09:29 PM

          Then THAT is another way to game it too!!! Post questions from other account....answer them....upvote.....delete original traces. haha

          • Jan 03, 2017 at 09:42 PM

            there are traces - as you see from the screenshot moderators can access deleted content. And there is more - history is switched on.

      • Jan 04, 2017 at 11:50 AM

        >>as well as sample resumes<<

        Is this still going on ??? When I've received requests like that I send an email to webmaster or postmaster at the senders domain which sometimes reaches the senders boss.


    • Jan 04, 2017 at 11:48 AM

      I believe, the issue was raised on several occasions. Questions should be modified/deleted only by moderators, once a reply/comment was posted.

      • Jan 04, 2017 at 03:47 PM

        I have already posted that the logic of edit/delete is absolutely incorrect today... but unfortunately no reaction.

        The issue is not only with questions but also with answers and comments!

    • Jan 04, 2017 at 07:34 PM

      Hi All - The intended functionality is for members not to be able to delete a question that has comments or answers. I have tested this on QA, where I find it is behaving as intended; if you have examples where this is not the case on production, please share the link. Moderators are able to delete commented/answered questions, and we do so to keep the search results clean. Redirecting may help reduce the need to do so. At this point, karma credits are not affected upon delete.

      Deleting comments/answers is a known issue, and the ticket is entered and awaiting prioritization. We appreciate your patience. (I will ask Moshe to comment on editing, as I don't know the direction/ status on that.)

      However, there is also some out of the box functionality that we are watching and waiting, to see if and how it is used / abused before making changes.

      @Christopher, we do have tools in place to investigate the kind of collusion/fake account gaming you reference, so if you ever have a suspicion, please raise it to Moshe.

  • Jan 04, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    I've had it not happen to me for questions, but for my replies to answers. Or "answers". Especially those who got a negative vote. Re-posted, too, to get a fresh slate with no votes. Or changed to a comment, that can't get downvotes.

    Some of that I've reported to the moderator group.

    I really wonder, if it's so complicated to switch the deletion feature off, that it takes so long? If you can't switch it off for certain groups, then do it for everyone for the moment? Better than to loose the content IMO.

    • Jan 04, 2017 at 01:47 PM

      That's exactly it!....a person will post a bad question/post and get down voted or have replies that also get up voted for calling them out....then they simply delete their question/post. At the least, how did the person(s) who added the up/down vote feature to the new site NOT see this coming with an open delete option available?!?!? ....but then, I question many decisions on the new community right now. haha

      • Jan 04, 2017 at 03:30 PM

        The funny thing is (as was pointed out by several community members): You can delete your content, buuuut you can't edit your comments. ^^

        • Jan 04, 2017 at 03:42 PM
          buuuut you can't edit your comments. ^^

          AFAIK, now you can.

          Before that, I sometimes deleted my misspelled comments and added the corrected text, so as usually, tools can be used and misused...

        • Jan 04, 2017 at 03:49 PM

          "You can delete your content, but you can't edit your comments" - sorry, but incorrect! Today you can edit any of your comments. Just test yourself.

          Edited :)

          • Jan 04, 2017 at 08:50 PM

            I got some moderator powers, so I could edit every comment anyway. ;) Sometimes it's hard to have those powers, because you miss some changes. ^^

            I'm glad they fixed this. Can you edit your comment after someone replied to it?

            • Jan 04, 2017 at 08:55 PM

              Yes, I can edit everything without any moderator privileges:

              I can edit/delete my questions with answers

              I can edit/delete my answers with comments by other users

              I can edit/delete my comments with comments by other users

        • Jan 04, 2017 at 07:12 PM

          I wonder whether they fixed the bug, where deleting your own comment deletes all subsequent comments by other members ... probably not...

          Edit: obviously, they did not (we reported it during Open Beta, didn't we?)... Sorry, Vadim, I think, I deleted your comment...

          Would a helpful/bored moderator check, please, whether Vadim's comment is visible for moderators or it disappears completely?

          • Jan 04, 2017 at 07:16 PM

            "I think, I deleted your comment..." - interesting :) what you have done to delete it? You delete your own comment?

            • Jan 04, 2017 at 07:56 PM

              Yes, I deleted my own comment, which resulted in yours disappearing... I was hoping that they have fixed the problem. I don't know whether this accidentally deleted comment gets only a deletion flag like my comment or it disappears due to a program error (like the comments with smileys, which result in some kind of crash).

  • Jan 05, 2017 at 07:17 AM

    Hello Christopher and all the rest that shared valuable,

    This behavior is incorrect and I will raise IT's awareness to it and update once we have news.



  • Add a comment
    10|10000 characters needed characters exceeded