It seems to me that a few months ago there was a mass deletion of stagnant proposals. At some point in recent history there seems to have been another.

Is it possible to see which proposals were deleted/any that are slated to be deleted in the near future? (I'm supposing it's like deleting a question on any other site, that they become invisible to those below nK rep, but I figured I'd ask in case Area 51 was an exception somehow)

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Users with 10K reputation points can see deleted proposals. Not very many users have that much rep.

There's no explicit "pending deletion" list, but if you see a proposal that hasn't had any activity in a few months, is closed, etc. then there's a good chance it'll be on the chopping block at some point in the near future.

  • Good to know. I keep losing 1/4 of my rep with each batch of closings, so I wanted to track it more carefully. Since that's not possible, so be it. I'd say there should be some warning, but that sounds like FEATURE REQUEST!!
    – jonsca
    Dec 7, 2011 at 23:20
  • @jonsca: You want a warning so to keep the "abandoned" proposal on life support to preserve your reputation? That [feature-request] will be declined. We don't want proposals poked simply to keep them on life support. Declaring a proposal "abandoned" is EXTREMELY conservative. That means absolutely no activity at all; No questions, comments, voting, followers... nothing. If a proposal is that far gone, keeping it around only fills Area 51 with crap. I'm sorry about your rep, but I'm starting to think that hording something so inherently useless is doing more harm that good in Area 51. Dec 8, 2011 at 15:23
  • @RobertCartaino Thanks for replying. No, my feature request notion was tongue-in-cheek, apologies that it was ambiguous. I'm not concerned at all about the rep, except that I've gained and lost the ability to view up/down vote counts about 4 times. I recalculate fairly often, so it's just a bit of a shock to the system. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally in favor of keeping the signal to noise ratio high.
    – jonsca
    Dec 8, 2011 at 23:01
  • @RobertCartaino Again, I realize it's the same predicament as we (<10K users) face on any other site, if a question is gone, it's gone without a trace, but at least on Meta.SO there's a couple handfuls of (non-mod) folks who can check the circumstances. So, close away, I'll just have to keep a screencap of my profile screen! :)
    – jonsca
    Dec 8, 2011 at 23:05

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