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Do questions get deleted by the system?

I've seen quite a few of these lately:

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Ok, so a user maybe deleted a question. But most of the time, the author of the question hasn't been seen on the site for ages.

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How does this happen? Do some questions get auto-deleted because of low views/low score?

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    I actually think thats a good question! Could be canonical. I wish more people were that proactive – Mark Henderson Jul 17 '12 at 23:52
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    blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/03/… is interesting and relevant too. – user9517 Jul 18 '12 at 6:44
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    You should work on earning the 563 rep missing to 10K where you would get access to deleted questions and could check out by yourself :) – the-wabbit Jul 18 '12 at 11:51
  • @syneticon-dj I'm on it ;) – Bart De Vos Jul 18 '12 at 12:24
  • Sadly, 10K+ users see all the deleted questions, whether we want to or not. Just as annoying as all the ads we had to put up with when we first started. – John Gardeniers Jul 21 '12 at 12:06
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deleted by $a_mod♦ 6 hours ago

Questions do not auto delete. It was flagged by the system as a "low quality question" and another user as being overwhelmingly useless, a mod agreed, and it was deleted. We've been cleaning up a lot of old crap lately with the new /review system.

Unfortunately there will be some collateral damage, as you have noticed.

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  • Hadn't noticed the new /review. Thanks! – Bart De Vos Jul 17 '12 at 23:33
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    Actually some questions are auto deleted; age > 1 year && views < 1.5*days && answers == 0 – Mark Henderson Jul 17 '12 at 23:49
  • @MarkHenderson Also, age > 30 days && score < 0 && answers == 0 && !locked. Full details here. – Adam Lear Aug 1 '12 at 21:57
  • @AnnaLear - good to know – Mark Henderson Aug 1 '12 at 22:00

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