This is just a heads up post that I did a little bit of house cleaning today. A few people might notice
as it will mean a pretty big hit to their rep. The most affected people are going to be Affable Geek and yours truly, loosing a couple hundred each, with a few other people taking smaller hits. Ironically, several people will get an increase out of this as some of their highly downvoted content has been removed -- which was the my aim.
What I did is sort through some of the most down-voted questions for ones that had been closed for a significant amount of time (most of them were '11, a few from this spring), that did not show any hope of being re-opened and permanently deleted them. I did not remove anything recent or that the community had shown any interest in trying to fix up. I tried not to take down anything with re-open votes or comments on how it could possibly be improved. All the questions were -5 or deeper in the hole. For reference:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
There were a few upvoted answers even on these bad questions. I put several hours at least into my own answers. However even among the people that took the time to answer, there seemed to be a sentiment that these were not well thought out questions that should characterize a site for experts, we only answered out of a duty to set the record straight so to speak.
If anyone has specific concerns about these, feel to bring them up. If you find anything that stood a chance of being re-opened I'd be happy to review it. Otherwise I think it's for the best that content the community clearly didn't appreciate shouldn't hang around clogging the tubes.
Edit: Nobody is loosing more than a few pence of rep at all. Apparently since the posts in question were older than 90 days and had 3+ upvotes, and the deleted post was the question not the answer directly, nobody is really affected by this in terms of rep.