I was reviewing questions that I've asked on various stack exchanges and one of my biology questions inexplicably disappeared. Until I realised that the Community bot auto-deleted it as inactive!

This level of aggression from an auto-deleting bot is especially egregious considering that insufficent time was provided for me to follow up on this question and re-word it in a fashion that biology.se members were willing to answer. For the mechanism of action for emotions in the human brain is not unfathomable; nor in 100+ years of pharmaceutical literature is it unlikely that such psycho-suppessive agents haven't been encountered.


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The rules for automatic deletion that led to your question being deleted are the following:

  • Automatic deletion of closed, abandoned questions for questions meeting the following criteria:

    • Closed more than 9 days ago
    • Not closed as a duplicate
    • Score <= 0
    • Not locked
    • No answers with a score > 0
    • No accepted answer
    • No pending reopen votes
    • No edits in the past 9 days

The question (link for 2k+ users) was closed on the same day as it was asked. It was then deleted 10 days later. The question was not edited in those 10 days, I don't think it is unreasonable to interpret this as "inactive".

  • $\begingroup$ Related to the recent dicussion here; does this mean that closed Qs with a score>0 are never automatically deleted, even if they have no answers and no matter how old they are? $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2014 at 11:02
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    $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater This is the full list of criteria, upvoted questions are generally not deleted automatically. That is something the community has to do manually. $\endgroup$ Nov 25, 2014 at 11:10

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