I've just run across 2 deleted questions from this user in the last 10 minutes. (Example here and here for 10K+ rep users )

It seems he/she/it's gaming the system and deleting his/her/its questions when he/she/it gets an answer in the comments or when his question is duplicated.

How can I investigate this user any further to check if he's using/abusing the system?

  • I do not see any problems with that user. He asked two questions, got some comments that solved his issue and deleted the questions. It is not an abuse.
    – Pilot6
    Oct 30, 2015 at 12:13
  • That's why "ab" was in between "()" and I use the word "seems"... Until further investigation, we don't know if he's actually gaming the system or not... (edited for clarity anyway. thanks for the comment @Pilot6)
    – Fabby
    Oct 30, 2015 at 12:16
  • @Pilot6 Neither do I, but the user needs to understand that's (generally) against the rules. It wasn't a big deal in these cases, but we don't know if it did that in other cases (unlikely since they are a member since today, but still), and in general doing that with questions potentially useful with an answer in the comments or on the question is harmful, and it's against the rules.
    – kos
    Oct 30, 2015 at 12:43
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but if they delete enough of their posts won't they get locked out from posting? I seem to remember that if you delete your own stuff too much you get locked out for a while.
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Oct 30, 2015 at 17:14
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    @ThomasW. I think you're right - some sort of anti-ragequit system. Oct 30, 2015 at 19:43
  • @ThomasW. Yup... and this user is in this exact situation according to Seth.
    – Fabby
    Oct 30, 2015 at 23:12
  • Thought so, I think it's an anti abuse system too
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Oct 31, 2015 at 0:06
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    Once this behaviour reaches a certain level, the system kicks in and moderators are notified.
    – RolandiXor
    Oct 31, 2015 at 17:26
  • Related: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/13752/… Oct 31, 2015 at 19:48
  • @JacobVlijm: Yeah, seen it already and upvoted already! No need to beg for more upvotes! :P ;-)
    – Fabby
    Oct 31, 2015 at 19:58
  • Haha, honestly, I didn't notice (and I don't keep track on votes too closely here :) ). Oct 31, 2015 at 20:11

1 Answer 1


A list of a user's deleted questions isn't publicly available data. But, as RolandiXor pointed out in the comments if this behaviour continues the system either blocks the user from asking more questions, notifies the moderators, or both, depending on the exact behaviour happening.

  • You're overworked otherwise you would have answered this a long time ago... ;-)
    – Fabby
    Oct 31, 2015 at 18:56

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