Recently a couple of questions were posted which indicated a desire on the part of the OPs to speed up closure of certain questions. We've had similar questions before, and some helpful advice and encouragement on how to help clean up the site, for example this post on deleting closed questions.
It's clear that many users feel strongly about the quality of questions (and answers) on this site, and that includes me. However, we have established ways of dealing with off-topic or low-quality questions: vote to close, downvote, comment requesting clarification, comments suggesting taking the site's tour and reading the help section, etc.
Today I came upon a new (to me) way of helping the deletion process along: repeated requests to the OP to please delete their question.
I have mixed feelings about making this post, and haven't linked because it's about soft policy, not about a particular user.
A question closable as a dupe has one DV and one VTC. There are 2 comments below the question, and only two:
- Posting the same question is not allowed on Stack Exchange. Please delete this question as it is the same question as [X + link].
- You haven't deleted this question, yet. Please go ahead and delete this, too. (Same user, about 2 days later.)
I'm not against freedom of speech or freedom to comment. But there are guidelines, and I haven't seen this covered.
Is asking a user (repeatedly) to please delete a question an appropriate way to deal with low quality questions?
It's not the first time I've seen comments like this, though it's uncommon. What particularly surprised me - and prompted the post - was the repetition of the request.