I believe that I had a question on the site that received one or two upvotes, but no answers that was under the heading of "Identify This Movie." (It was an Americanized version of the Sound of Music, with a widowed father, children, governess, and the other woman.) It appears to have since been deleted.

Normally there is a question penalty when questions are deleted. But to a greater extent than others, this site will delete questions that have no answers. Does the question ban still apply in this case? Do the upvotes mitigate the impact?

  • Are there any unclarities about the existing answers that you might want to adress in a comment?
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:06
  • @NapoleonWilson: No, I'm fine, thanks.
    – Tom Au
    Jul 13, 2016 at 11:12

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As far as I know there is no exception to SE's question banning policy on this site. However, you have to really ask a lot of inactive ID questions without many other reasonable questions asked among them. So I do not see a big problem with this mechanism being in place, as it was exactly established for the StackOverflow version of identification-only askers originally.

In addition to that, as sepcified in the respective FAQ answer, deleted questions only count against the "bad question" statistics if they were less than 30 days old at the time of deletion, which is usually not the case, since the inactive ID deletion policy only grips after at least 28 days of inactivity (not creation), and even then they're merely eligible for deletion, to be possibly deleted by an explicit manual maintenance action. So even a deleted question will most of the times not count against a possible question ban anyway.

Update: As a result of this discussion, we have extended the period for inactive ID questions to become deletable from 4 weeks to 30 days straight.

  • Basically, you used the (30-day) exception. That's fair.
    – Tom Au
    Apr 9, 2015 at 13:20
  • It might be worth changing the inactive ID policy to specifically 30 days to avoid punishing users?
    – user5603
    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:24
  • @Flyk Not so bad idea, afterall 30 also has some more significance when thinking in days and not in weeks.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:00
  • I shall make the amendment with citations (actually I don't remember who posted the answer)
    – user5603
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:23
  • @Flyk Wut? Which amendment? Which answer? Which citation? Where am I?
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:24
  • This... you'd still need to update the help page, obviously.
    – user5603
    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:25

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