Just as a matter of curiosity, how was question #79065, Identifying the implied gender of nouns, deleted?

So far as I recall, all other deleted questions I've looked at have a “deleted by” indication; this one merely says “deleted yesterday”.

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It's been deleted fully automatically by a script.

If the question is more than 30 days old, and ...

  • has −1 or lower score
  • has no answers
  • is not locked

... it will be automatically deleted.


This check is run every week across all sites.

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    In this case, the reason the question has no answers is because it was closed as a duplicate. I thought the general practice is to leave duplicate questions as signposts? Is a -1 score really enough to override that? (IME people who don't have the rep to vote to close a question will often downvote it instead; a -1 score on a closed question isn't really an indication of bad quality.)
    – Marthaª
    Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 17:27

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