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An initiate who appears to be trying to learn Perl posted a node (How can I make a regex apply to each line of a file?) earlier today that was reaped. The reason given for removing it was "OOH OOH DELETE - Kage has been warned about *MEANINGFUL* titles". Yet the node wasn't a personal attack on another person, a troll, poorly formatted or off-topic. The title, let me immediately acknowledge, was really bad. The node itself wasn't.

vroom has thoughtfully provided a mechanism for fixing up nodes which need a bit of help. It seems that 4 people voted for editing the node (autoreap kicked in at the 5th delete vote). Most likely more would have voted 'edit' if the person who considered the node had asked for that, rather than 'delete'.

So what's the deal? Is it appropriate to 'punish' users for minor infractions of the rules in this way? And if you're determined to reap a node, shouldn't you finish the job and remove the orphans left behind (2 in this case)?

Update: This situation has long since been resolved, thanks everyone. Save all ++ for more deserving nodes. :)

In reply to Node removal vs edit by virtualsue

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