Recently we had a user putting great effort in generating a question & answer summarizing adjectives used to describe a person's character:
- https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/17558/positive-adjektiven-um-eine-nette-frau-zu-beschreiben (link to question for <2k users).
To make it more useful, the user even put effort in splitting the question into several parts, and they generated a TOC for better usage linking to more specific sub-questions to avoid being "too broad".
Now all of these questions got deleted without any explanation why we had to vote for deletion in this case.
There is no doubt that such list-questions are not a good fit for our site, hence they had to be closed as "off topic"/"too broad". In addition I made them all Community Wiki to ease maintenance and to make editing from all users possible.
We should not allow very broad list questions to be on topic but we should still better define the rationale behind deleting them as none of the answers contained erroneous or misleading content, and taken alone each of the now deleted sub-questions would make a disputably rather broad but valid question not much different from other questions we already have.
As deleting content is a very strong moderation action which may cause tremendous confusion and may lead to an alienation to the site from affected users we should better define our site-specific guides on post-deletion.
What are our guides for post-deletion?
What "harm" could be done to our site if we had not deleted them?