Within the last month, I asked a question about reopening this question.

I stand in utter amazement that somehow my valid Meta question disappeared.

I ask:

  • Why was my meta question deleted?
  • Who did this?

I formally request from Stack Exchange employees (not local Network Engineering mods) that this question is reinstated.

Speaking as a former moderator of this site I know very well that there is no excuse for a Meta question like this to be deleted.

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I did delete that question as it was simply a request to have the question reopened and I reopened the question as a result.

I chose to delete it as there was no discussion and I saw no additional value that question provided to future users.

As you clearly feel strongly enough to post about the deletion, I will go ahead and undelete it now.

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    I appreciate the forthright "Yes I did it"; however, I strongly disagree about your position of the throwaway value of meta questions. SE meta discussions serve as a "historical record of moderation" (among other things). Those should be permanent records, available to the whole community. Jun 14, 2019 at 2:27
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    If there were actual discussion in that meta question, I would agree with you. However, in this case it served no more purpose than if a user raised a flag on the question making the assertion or posted a comment to the question. Neither of which become part of the permanent record available to the whole community once they are dealt with appropriately.
    – YLearn
    Jun 14, 2019 at 2:36
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    Re: in this case it served no more purpose than if a user raised a flag on the question I will repeat, a big part of SE meta discussions are a record of how this site has been moderated. If you think this is a debatable point, I'll be happy to take my grievance to Stack Exchange meta. However, as a long-time user in this community, I already know what that outcome will be: "Mr Site moderator, please don't do that again." (assuming there was no abuse, or other ToS violations in the aforementioned question). Jun 14, 2019 at 2:43

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