Since ID questions are off-topic, why are the moderators not removing ID questions immediately right after a user posts them?

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    It was closed 3 minutes after opening. On Stack Exchange sites, questions aren't immediately deleted unless the content is troubling in some way. Nov 24, 2020 at 14:54
  • While asking from the opposite viewpoint, the answers to this related question seem to pretty much apply here, too. I.e. as Glorfindel points out there's usually not a pressing need to delete them immediately as long as they're closed. But likewise is there no reason to keep them alive once closed, other than possibly avoiding confusion of new users. But since this confusion has been clarified in other venues, it can as well be deleted now.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Nov 24, 2020 at 16:53

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They will automatically be removed after 9 days, provided that they are closed and don't have a positive score. There's an automated process for this nicknamed Roomba, no need to bother the ♦ moderators with this; it's not like the questions are harmful. They just won't be answered. Also, if the question's score is -4 or lower, it will not appear on the homepage, only on the other question lists, so most users won't be bothered by them.

  • And once a question is at -3 and closed, users with enough rep can click on the "delete" link at the bottom and nominate the question for deletion. Once two users have done so, the question is deleted (Which is what happened with this question).
    – BCdotWEB
    Nov 26, 2020 at 10:25
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    @BCdotWEB I think it actually needs three users, unless one of them is a moderator, which is what happened with this question as explained in the other comment.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Dec 1, 2020 at 16:36
  • @NapoleonWilson Ah, that's the case, I thought that the third vote was an automatic one.
    – BCdotWEB
    Dec 2, 2020 at 8:35

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