I thought that a general (Stack Exchange's, cross-site) rule of thumb says that:
- We're deleting questions of very poor quality only.
- We're closing off-topic questions.
What is the reason for deleting this question? Why was closing it not enough?
Especially given the fact that:
- An answer to this question got over 10 upvotes.
- The "on-topicness" of this question was discussed on meta, where the current top-voted answer suggested that this question should not have been closed in the first place.
- Trivia questions are no longer off-topic as per community consensus: Which trivia questions are on-topic and which are off-topic? | We're retiring the "trivia" close-reason
Wasn't the deletion of this question a bit too harsh a decision? I'd say that it was way too harsh. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I am the author of the deleted question (no personal or emotional part).
It's just that I've been with Stack Exchange for 10+ years, I have 80+ accounts with more or less frequent activity, and I've barely seen maybe two or three questions that were deleted because they were off-topic and not because they were of very poor quality, offending, hate speech, etc.
And I've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of off-topic questions that were simply closed.