About the particular question Is this sentence correct...?, there is a dispute about how to handle closing and deleting. The timeline of what occurred is as follows within a rough two hour period:
- question asked
- three answers posted
- some voting occurred (a downvote on the question and a downvote on 1 answer)
- the question was closed by a moderator
- all the answers were deleted
(the petty motivation is that one of my answers was deleted)
Some issues are:
- answers (of whatever quality) to bad questions should be discouraged, because it encourages bad questions.
- people getting rep for answers to bad questions is annoying, because holding back (because of the previous discouragement) leads to annoyance at rep earned for intemperance.
- high rep users should 'know better'
- some things are obviously off-topic, some things are questionable
- moderators using delete is great for spam and incoherence, but is inappropriate for informing people of slighty annoying practice.
- only moderators can delete an answer. (individuals can flag to bring attention to a moderator, but the moderator is doing the deleting). An 'undelete' option appears with the deleted answer for the author, but clicking that says that only a moderator can undelete it (there's no voting involved at all)
The content (in the specific question) is debatable: - The original question isn't obviously closeable as off-topic (it is not a well-described question, so it could be closeable for that reason, or it may be explicitly proscribed in the FAQ (I think this case fits "is the following sentence correct" questions are stated as off-topic). And seemingly poor questions are resurrectable by answers that pull out something interesting. - the answers don't seem to be, on their own, closeable or deletable (their quality is not terrible, maybe not the best but not terrible).
My side of the debate is that answers (that are not deletable for other reasons) to bad questions should remain; if the question is bad enough to be deleted then that's when the answers should go away, too.
And I think it is an inappropriate use of moderator's powers to do this kind of deletion. Close, close close, all the crap questions, please go wild. But don't -delete- the answers, as the question may turn out to be re-openable.
So, the question for discussion is, should -answers- to bad questions be deleted if the question is closed for poor quality/off-topic?