I was reading up on the difference between whoever and whomever today and came across a question with zero net vote, and no answers. I thought that the periodic automatic deletion process would delete such a question. But it was dated January, 2016. Why is it still there?

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Minimally? Because it's not closed, and because it hasn't been a year yet.

The exact automatic deletion criteria are complex. See: Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?

  • So the automatic deletion process isn't monthly, as I had understood, but yearly? Okay. I guess I'll go back there and vote to close. Dec 21, 2017 at 13:34
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    The criteria are complex.
    – tchrist Mod
    Dec 21, 2017 at 13:37
  • Aha. I will downvote to bring the question's net vote down to -1, and enable a quicker automatic deletion. Thank you. Dec 21, 2017 at 13:40
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    @aparente001 Voting on the usefulness of a question (or answer) is the single most important contribution, other than answering questions, that anybody can make to the site.
    – MetaEd
    Dec 21, 2017 at 14:23
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    January 2016 to December 2017 is a bit more than a year....
    – Hellion
    Dec 21, 2017 at 15:06
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    @MetaEd And, of course, asking questions.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 22, 2017 at 0:59
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    @Lawrence I look at it a little differently. SE exists to collect expert answers. Questions we have no shortage of. What people come here for is answers.
    – MetaEd
    Dec 26, 2017 at 15:28

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