If we close questions rather than delete them, why does my user profile still include an overview of all 0 delete and undelete votes I've cast?

https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/5498/vincent?tab=votes&sort=deletion (I know this link won't work for regular users, but maybe it does for mods.)

no deletion votes cast


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With sufficient rep you'll have more comprehensive delete vote abilities. The relevant privilege levels are "Access To Moderator Tools" for questions and "Trusted User" for answers. More info on the mechanics can be found here, but this is the relevant bit:

How a post can be deleted by a user:

  1. Users with reputation >= 10k (more precisely, the “moderator tools” privilege; 2k on beta sites) can vote to delete questions that have been closed/on-hold for 48 hours. It takes three votes to delete; more if the question is popular, but ten votes at most.

  2. Users with reputation >= 20k (more precisely, the “trusted user” privilege; 4k on beta sites) are not subject to the 48-hour waiting period for deleting closed questions with a score of -3 or lower. They may also delete answers of score -1 or lower. It takes three votes to delete an answer.

  3. Six users with reputation >= 2k (more precisely, the “Edit Questions And Answers” privilege; 1k on beta sites) can cause automatic deletion of a post if they choose "recommend deletion" from within the low quality review queue.

It's not easy for me to determine if a "recommend deletion" vote does not show up in you deletion votes tab or if you've just never recommended deletion on a post. Since you're an avid reviewer, I'd assume the former.

  • Ah, that explains. I was afraid this was some legacy functionality. Thanks!
    – Vincent
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 14:55
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    @Vincent hurry up and get to 20k rep, it makes the mods' jobs easier and I need a vacation! ;)
    – JohnB
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 14:57
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    We don't even have 20k combined, my friend. Start upvoting those answers, I'd say! :P
    – Vincent
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 15:17

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