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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

So I’ve looked over the guidance I can find about incorrect answers and what to do about them (especially if they’ve been accepted or have attracted a lot of votes) on the main meta. The consensus ...
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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

I understand that it is disturbing when a dubious answer far outscores a careful and authoritative answer. However, a number of factors suggest to me that the present case is not an especially hard ...
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The Just-Deleted Question About Creoles And Mulattos

It seems that the order of events was the question was posted, a comment was made on it that said it was racist, the author deleted it themselves. Also possibly, around the same time, the question ...
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Question deleted with multiple up-voted answers, why?

Why the question was judged unsuitable for this site This question did not meet the criteria for single word requests, and the original poster never edited it or returned to it in the approximately ...
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How can we get more 10k and 20k users to help clean up the site?

Even after reading the community manager guidance in When Should I Vote to Delete, this still doesn't strike me as a high-value activity. Some might consider these questions "broken windows", but if ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

It is important to get a hopeless answer in the VLQ queue ASAP because: (1) after 7 days, the answer can't be flagged VLQ; and, (2) long before then, it may attract enough undeserved upvotes to be ...
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Why was my VLQ flag rejected?

Low quality is not the same thing as wrong, incomplete, or unreliable. An answer that is readable and apparently addresses the question passes the quality test.¹ When an answer: (i) fails the test; (...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

As my flagging of a comment instigated @sumelic question, I'll share my thought. Questions on pronunciation are quite interesting, particularly for non-natives as myself, as resources are very ...
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How many upvotes in the answer would justify leaving a question undeleted

Deleting a question will automatically delete all the answers posted on that question, irrespective of the number of upvotes each answer received. That is why in the moderator tool guidelines, users ...
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Should I delete a question if I made a crucial error in it?

You cannot delete that question. You can only delete a question while it is unanswered, or it has only one answer which has not been upvoted. Where you can delete the question, it is reasonable at ...
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Question deleted with multiple up-voted answers, why?

(This answer simply states the general principles. I didn't vote to close or delete the question, so I'll leave it to those who did to confirm.) Whether a question is suitable for the site is decided ...
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When should you recommend deletion?

Deletion of low quality content is a sticky wicket. I'm not sure that we have any clear guidelines, but your instincts are pretty much exactly what I would recommend. If content is off-topic, spam, ...
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Why isn't there a deletion comment for 'needs citations'?

You mean something like this? This answer does not meet our site’s quality standards. We’re looking for longer answers that provide some explanation and context, preferably with citations. Good ...
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How can we get more 10k and 20k users to help clean up the site?

I am a compulsive tidy-upper and throw-it-awayer, so I jumped on the Delete Queue enthusiastically and voted to delete five questions I thought had no redeeming qualities. I was too hasty on one of ...
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Ought cross-posted questions be deleted?

Yes, cross-posts should be deleted. They should not have been posted in the first place, and thus their proper state of existence is none at all. Note that it was a diamond moderator, acting in ...
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The Just-Deleted Question About Creoles And Mulattos

I reviewed the post history. I believe it is true to say: There is nothing wrong with asking about offensive words. You can verify that by searching the site for questions about offensive words. The ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

See: Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers A single line answer should be removed even if it's not answering a word or phrase request. It is a comment posted as an answer. Downvotes ...
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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

I am disturbed by this deletion. The answer may not have been a good one (although the number of upvotes clearly disputes that)—but, in all other cases, whether an answer (or question) is good is ...
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Can we delete and re-post unanswered questions?

Yes, you can either edit your original question or delete it and post a new one. To attract more attention you can place a bounty on your questions. – user240918 Jan 21 at 11:31 That said, Editing ...
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UNDELETED: Deleting a highly upvoted but questionably correct answer (the one with the subjunctive)

For users who do not have 10K rep and cannot see the deleted answer, here it is. And, yes, I had already downvoted it. When in doubt, always use the subjunctive mood: If I were you... It will make ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

Here's my take on this. If I encounter a SLA to a SWR in a first-posts or late-answers review, shall I flag it and if yes, how? While using the review queues, I am more inclined to flag SLAs as ...
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Why isn't there a deletion comment for 'needs citations'?

Answers that are actual vandalism (LQP) should simply be deleted. A comment is not necessary; the vandal will understand. Answers that are not answers (NAA) should be deleted with a comment for the ...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

If the question is specifically asking about dialect differences, then I think these kinds of answers are acceptable. (They aren't for pretty much all the other kinds of questions.) Answers that cite ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

I post this answer to distil the other high-voted answers into a clear guideline and also to suggest a more suiting comment: If you encounter an unreferenced answer to a single-word request (or ...
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How can we get more 10k and 20k users to help clean up the site?

Update SEDE 20-11-2016: There are now over 3.200 questions with a negative score. There are now ~600 closed questions with a negative score and pending delete votes.
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More than three flags are unexpectedly required to delete spam

This site has by far the worst spam handling that I’ve seen. Maybe Charcoal does handle a lot of spam almost immediately, but all the spam I see takes forever to be deleted. Here's how long it took ...
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More than three flags are unexpectedly required to delete spam

As Makyen says, this has been in effect since I had Shog change the site setting in July 2019. This is documented in the answer linked to in the post in your question, so it's not quite correct to say ...
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Ought cross-posted questions be deleted?

No, I don't think questions should be deleted just because they were cross-posted. If non-mod users can migrate questions between the two sites, then vote to migrate one of them, and make a note to ...
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