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    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012 edited
    Or, as the awed biologist exclaimed, "Mitosis Invisible!"

    I would like to have a list of numbers of self-deleted questions, back at least as far as post number 50,000. I am trying to collect jpegs of questions likely to be by the bad guy(s) of

    I have no idea if this is possible or a reasonable request. I am also not sure yet what i will do with the jpegs. For several months i have just been collecting the jpegs in a directory on my home computer. About a dozen seem right. Now that I am in the MOfia, I can look at deleted items and try to make a guess whether it is the same topic.

    I tried today going through number by number consecutively, actually I was just looking for the post where David Roberts posted a picture of a house sort of drilled through the middle, after a new OP posted a question in the imperative manner and I said "No. Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent."
    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
    Andres, that's wonderful. I still don't know how the house got that way. I'm guessing PA is Peano Arithmetic?

    :D Yes, PA is Peano Arithmetic, and I believe the house is actually some sort of sculpture. I saw a picture of it with people next to it, so barring some image manipulation software (you know of what I speak) it's life-sized.

    • CommentAuthorMariano
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012 edited

    ...or the people were really small people.

    (Hmm. Or very big people, depending on the size of the sculpture, really)

    The house was located in Houston -- a couple of artists decided to decorate a house that was set to be torn down. See

    And people claim that Houston is not a center of high culture...

    Thanks, Andy. It's cool to see the 'other end' of the explosion.


    Also, I would like to have a screen-capture of the question where I made that comment, if it can be found...

    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
    David, yes, that is one of the ideas. If you can make a good guess about the date I can probably find it on my own. The part about a list of all self-deleted questions is what would be required to find all likely matrix inequality questions, if about 1 out of 100 posts is a self-deleted question i have 500 posts to look at, I can do that.
    I'm waiting for you to ask a question about all the non-self-deleted questions, just to see whether you are able to delete it.
    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012 edited
    Liars on Crete or barbers? Or Russell?
    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012 edited
    Found one thread, Anton has been posting deleted questions that do have answers at

    There is also a list of everything deleted, ordered by day/time of deletion rather than day of asking, under Tools//Links//Recently_Deleted_Posts with some 400 pages, but does include question title and other info, and each entry is a link to the deleted question. So I should be able to do this on my own, it will just take some weeks, which is fine.
    • CommentAuthorgrp
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012
    I can't imagine anyone being daft enough to talk about Houston as not being high culture. I think the Orange show, the Rothko chapel, and the beer can house speak for themselves. And that's just in the architectural realm.

    Gerhard "Not To Mention Enron Stadium" Paseman, 2012.03.05
    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012 edited
    Gerhard, good. Meanwhile, the exploded house post is

    anyone who cannot view this, email me for screen capture(s)...Already mailed to David Roberts.

    Exhausting to go through the tools/links/deleted pages. It turns out the majority are deleted answers, and it does show on each item whether it is a deleted "Answered" or "Asked," so i am speeding up a little, just wanted to point out the exploding house original MO item.
    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2012 edited
    Well, there you go. Done with 136 out of 407 current pages under "recently deleted pages." The only reason that was possible was that I set the web browser Find to "asked." If asked, then could usually see quickly, because three names, when deleted by 10K people rather than the OP. Not much useful about the order of the pages. I'm assuming that they are either a "stack" or a "queue," anyway new stuff pushes old stuff back, and if I have checked to page 136 toady, then next week I can start at page 137 and not miss anything, just do some pages over.

    I'm surely missing some good bits. If a question got an answer with at least two upvotes, the OP cannot delete the question, so those are still visible, I don't have Suvrit's opinion on some of these yet, anyway 46515, 49182, 58955, 84425, 84473, 87872, my theory is the same guy and a learning curve.

    Anton's occasional lists are of self-deluded questions that have answers. I did find some good items in those. I can say that it is a relatively small collection of idiots who post and then delete their own questions, over and over and over and over.
    • CommentAuthorWill Jagy
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2012
    Finished. I have a batch of 57 screen captures, one is an answer and two have the suggestions of real names on them. That leaves 54 posts by what really seems to be just one unpleasant guy. Suvrit set up a DropBox and I uploaded them there. I guess it is up to Suvrit to go through and decide which ones best display the main direction of inquiry, and, well, what to do next. My idea is to post them all on a very easily searchable web page.